Spicy Calamari Soup

calamari soup
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Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
424 Calories
15g Fat
52g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 424
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 159mg 53%
Sodium 1149mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 42mg 212%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 1061mg 23%
*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.)

If you like conch chowder, try this version using calamari. It is thick and hearty with robust flavor and just enough spiciness to tickle the tongue. This recipe calls for both the squid tubes and tentacles, but if you don't care for the tentacles, simply use an equal amount of the body instead. This method adds the squid rings last so they remain tender with little cooking.

Serve in a bread bowl or accompanied by a crusty artisan bread, if desired.


  • 1 Scotch bonnet chile. or habanero, seeded and chopped

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried

  • 3 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried

  • 1 bay leaf, broken in half

  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries

  • 2 pounds raw calamari, body tubes and tentacles, cleaned

  • 4 slices bacon, diced

  • 2 large stalks celery, diced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced

  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups fish stock, or clam juice, or a mixture of both

  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice

  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 large red potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch diced pieces

Steps to Make It

  1. Place chile, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, and allspice berries in the center of a double piece of cheesecloth. Bring up corners and tie into a bundle. Set aside.

  2. Separate the tentacles from the squid body tubes and set aside.

  3. Slice the body tubes crosswise into rings down to the tail-fin and place in a separate bowl.

  4. Place the tailfin pieces in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped or hand-chop with a sharp knife. Add the chopped squid to the tentacle pieces and set aside.

  5. Place diced bacon in a heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often until the fat is mostly rendered but bacon is still limp (not crispy). Add celery, carrots, sweet onion, and bell pepper and stir to combine. Continue to cook, stirring often, until onions are limp. Add garlic and cook 1 additional minute.

  6. Add fish stock, tomatoes, juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and herb bundle to the vegetables and stir. Bring to a boil and add the tentacles and chopped squid, reserving only the squid rings for later.

  7. Continue cooking over medium-high heat about 20 minutes, until tentacles are tender.

  8. Add the diced potatoes to the pot and cook until tender, then add the reserved squid rings. Stir into vegetables and cook an additional 2 minutes until edges begin to curl. Do not overcook. Test for salt and add if necessary. Remove from heat, discard the spice bag, and serve.