A Word From The Cook

“Spicy Calamari is one of our classic Sicilian recipes. It's a great starter for a Mediterranean Menu Dinner Party plan. Try our entire Mediterranean Menu featuring cookbook author/chef, Erin Coopey.”


Prep Time:

20 Minutes


Serves 4-6 People


  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound squid, cleaned
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 Cups San Marzano Tomatoes, drained and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. capers
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Sea Salt to taste
  1. Step 1 – Prepare Squid
    1. Slice squid bodies into 1/4 rings. Cut tentacles into halves or quarters.
  2. Step 2 – Sauté
    1. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and, when hot, add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes.
    2. Cook, stirring for 30 seconds.
    3. Stir in the tomatoes.
    4. When the tomatoes begin to simmer, add squid, and cook until just opaque, 2 to 3 minutes.
    5. Add the capers, lemon juice and salt to taste.
  3. Step 3 – Serve
    1. Serve immediately with some crusty bread to sop up the sauce!
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