Tested till perfect Grilled Calamari with Lemon and Oregano
Grilled Calamari with Lemon and Oregano
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Grilled Calamari with Lemon and Oregano

Calamari is the Italian word for squid, so look for "squid" at the fish counter. Mild-tasting calamari is best when it's impeccably fresh, but it's most often sold in 2 lb (1 kg) boxes, frozen or thawed. Moist and tender, it can toughen with overcooking, so watch your grilling time.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Best Recipes Ever, weekdays at 3pm on CBC TV

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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  • Portion size 4


  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupolive oil
  • 4 4minced clove garliccloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspgrated lemon rind
  • 3 tbsp 3tbsplemon juice
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspchopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppepper
  • 1 lb 1lbcleaned calamari
  • lemon wedges
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In large bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, lemon rind and juice, oregano, salt and pepper.

Cut calamari tentacles from tubes. Score top layer of each tube crosswise 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Add tentacles and tubes to bowl; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 hour.)

Place on greased grill over high heat. Close lid; cook, turning once, for 2 minutes or until firm. Serve with lemon to squeeze over top.


Additional information :

Tip: To clean squid, cut off tentacles above where they attach and just under eye. Push out hard beak from centre; discard. Rinse off any grit. Pull eye and innards out of body tube (also known as hood); discard. Reach in and pull out cellophane-like quill (backbone); discard. If desired, loosen corner and pull off purple skin (if slippery, grasp with paper towel); discard.

Grilled Shrimp with Lemon and Oregano: Substitute large shrimp, peeled and deveined, for the calamari. Thread onto 8 skewers. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and cook, turning once, for 5 minutes or until pink.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 172 pro 17g total fat 10g sat. fat 1g
carb 4g fibre 0 chol 54mg sodium 440mg

% RDI:

calcium 6 iron 39 vit A 5 vit C 13
folate 7
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