Calamari a la Plancha

Shrimps and calamari rings cooked on iron cast pan
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
364 Calories
29g Fat
10g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 364
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 264mg 88%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 19g
Calcium 59mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Spanish-inspired calamari dish is deliciously spicy side, infused with the flavors of fresh garlic and parsley. Don't be shy with the seasonings—this dish is meant to be bold!


  • 1 pound cleaned fresh calamari, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch-thick rings and tentacles if included with the squid
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic (3 to 5 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt, for garnish
  • 4 lemon wedges (for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  1. Put 2 large sauté pans (cast iron if possible) over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until very hot.

  2. Pat the calamari dry with paper towels and then season lightly with salt.

  3. Put 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in one of the pans and cook the calamari for about 4 minutes, or until it releases its liquid.

  4. Put the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the other pan and then remove the pan from the heat and hold it, at an angle, near the pan with the calamari. Lift the calamari from the first pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to the second pan, leaving the juices in the first pan.

  5. Return the second pan to the heat and add the garlic and tentacles. Cook until the calamari is nicely browned. Add the parsley and pepper flakes, stir, and remove the pan from the heat.

  6. Divide the calamari among 4 serving plates, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, and garnish each plate with sea salt and a lemon wedge.

Reprinted with permission from The Barcelona Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Wine, and Life by Sasa Mahr-Batum and Andy Pforzheimer (Andrews McMeel 2009).