Easy Garlic Calamari

Easy Garlic Calamari is a dish of lightly fried calamari rings cooked in a savory garlic butter sauce. The calamari rings are NOT battered – cooking them in a flavorful butter garlic sauce makes the dish very flavorful without adding carbs or wheat (gluten) to them. The sauce is made with a combination of butter, garlic, and other herbs and spices, giving it a unique and delicious flavor.

The calamari rings are tender and juicy on the inside; make sure not to overcook them as they will become rubbery instead of juicy and soft. The garlic butter sauce adds a unique flavor, making it a perfect accompaniment to the calamari rings. The garlic butter sauce also gives the dish a rich and creamy texture.

Easy Garlic Calamari is a great dish for any occasion, from a casual dinner party to a romantic dinner for two. It’s also a great dish for entertaining guests, as it’s easy to make and can be served either hot or cold.

This dish can be served as an appetizer or as a main course. It’s also an excellent side dish to serve alongside grilled fish or seafood. You can also serve it with a side of vegetables or a salad for a light and healthy meal.

Easy Garlic Calamari

Recipe by Dish Lingo
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Course: Appetizer, Side DishCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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I love seafood and different textures. Of course, I also love breaded and deep-fried calamari. But this is an easy and quick calamari recipe that is with minimal effort and energy.
This quick appetizer takes only 10-15 minutes to cook from start to finish and is a good source of protein.


  • 1 pound squid, cleaned, bodies cut into 3/4-inch-thick rings, tentacles left whole

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic

  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped Italian parsley leaves

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Wash calamari and dry it with a paper towel.
  • Add avocado oil (or tallow or lard) to a frying pan and heat it on medium heat.
  • Add calamari, then add butter (omit for AIP), garlic, and parsley.
  • Add salt and any other spices you like. I kept it simple with salt and pepper. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, tossing it regularly until it turns opaque. If you overcook calamari, it will be rubbery and hard to chew.
  • Season to your taste put it in a pretty bowl, and serve with lemon wedges.