Barbecued Calamari with Salmoriglio (Italian dressing)


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For the Calamari:​

  • 1 pound fresh calamari (squid), cleaned and cut into rings or left whole if small
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salmoriglio Dressing:​

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat


  1. Marinate the Calamari:
    • In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Add the calamari and toss to coat well. Let it marinate for at least 15-20 minutes.
  2. Prepare the Salmoriglio Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, chopped parsley, oregano, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. If you like a bit of heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes. Set aside to let the flavors meld.
  3. Preheat the Grill:
    • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Make sure the grates are clean and lightly oiled to prevent sticking.
  4. Grill the Calamari:
    • Grill the calamari rings or whole bodies for about 2-3 minutes per side, until they are nicely charred and just cooked through. Be careful not to overcook, as calamari can become tough and rubbery.
  5. Serve:
    • Transfer the grilled calamari to a serving platter. Drizzle the salmoriglio dressing over the top and toss gently to coat.
  6. Garnish and Enjoy:
    • Garnish with additional fresh parsley and lemon wedges if desired. Serve immediately while the calamari is warm.


  • For even cooking, ensure the calamari pieces are similar in size.
  • You can also use a grill pan if you don’t have an outdoor grill.
  • This dish pairs well with a simple green salad, crusty bread, and a crisp white wine.
Enjoy your barbecued calamari with salmoriglio dressing!
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Barbecued Calamari with Salmoriglio? 🦑🔥 That's a flavor explosion waiting to happen! Grilled calamari with that zesty Italian dressing sounds like a match made in culinary heaven. Can't wait to fire up the grill and try this mouthwatering recipe! Thanks for sharing your delicious idea!