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sauteed calamari

Quick and Easy Sauteed Calamari

  • Author: Mortadella Head
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x



16 oz clean calamari

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 can of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce

Kosher salt, black pepper, parsley, and chili pepper flakes to taste


  1. Prepare the calamari. Take the calamari tube and cut it into rings about a half inch wide.
  2. Get a large frying pan and add a couple tablespoons of oil. I like using a large pan so all of the calamari has enough room to touch the hot surface of the pan without overcrowding.
  3. Put the pan on medium high heat and add your chopped garlic. We want the garlic to heat up slowly and flavor the oil. If you notice that the garlic is starting to cook too fast, turn the stove down to low heat to prevent it from burning. This step should take 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pat your raw calamari with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Now add them to the pan. Make sure you put in the calamari rings and tentacles.
  5. Season the calamari with a pinch of salt, black pepper and the red pepper flakes.
  6. With the pan on medium heat, keep the calamari moving by tossing the pan or stirring it with a wooden spoon for about 2 minutes.
  7. When the calamari starts to become firm and develop a sear on the outside, add the tomato sauce and parsley. Allow the calamari to simmer in the tomato sauce for another 3-4 minutes on medium high heat.
  8. Taste the calamari during the process and put in some additional salt if needed.
  9. Transfer the cooked calamari and sauce to a serving dish and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Seafood

Keywords: saute calamari, sauteed calamari