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Charred Calamari Salad

May 28, 2010

~ Mary ~


You don’t think of charred anything as good, but these are wonderful!  This is the only sentence I have, I keep looking at it, thinking it might grow a story of its own.  But darned if it doesn’t just sit there staring back at me.  I guess I could tell you that I got this recipe from a GORGEOUS new cookbook: Seven Fires Grilling the Argentine Way by Francis Mallman.  I do believe you’ll be seeing a LOT more recipes from there after our June burger extravaganza.




I did discover, last year, that our grocery store carries frozen, whole, not cleaned squid in a 3 lb block.  I thought they would be just so, so.  But they taste as if they were freshly caught , unbelievably tender and flavorful.  Cleaning them is a pain in the arse, but so worth the effort for the result.





one year ago: Johnny Cakes, Thai Grilled Chicken Thighs



Charred Calamari Salad

from Seven Fires Grilling the Argentine Way


In large mixing bowl combine :

1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half

1 Cup Red Onion, thinly sliced

1 Bunch Fresh Parsley, chopped

4 Avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice, more or less to taste

1 tsp Sugar

Kosher Salt to taste

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to taste


Toss GENTLY place in serving dish and set in fridge while you work on the calamari.


1 lb Calamari cleaned and cut into smaller pieces

Pat the calamari dry and toss with:

1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

Kosher Salt to taste


Heat grill to very hot.  Place on a cast iron skillet or perforated flat grate and heat until water sizzles on it.


Oil surface, then place on the calamari, in batches if necessary, so you don’t over-crowd it.  Cook on the first side until charred then turn over to the other side.  It usually takes no more than 4-5 minutes.


Place  calamari on top of prepared salad and serve immediately.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2010 6:13 am


  2. May 30, 2010 8:17 pm

    Amazing looking. It’s hard for me to think of calamari beyond breading and frying them, but these might just need to be tried.

  3. May 30, 2010 8:28 pm

    CHARRED is my absolute favorite way to eat calamari, your photos rock!

  4. May 30, 2010 8:44 pm


  5. Rick permalink
    May 30, 2010 9:54 pm

    I love calamari. Yours looks so good in the picture. I always imagine I’m eating Ursula when I have it.

    • foododelmundo permalink
      May 30, 2010 11:41 pm

      who’s Ursula!?

      • June 1, 2010 4:19 am

        The Sea Witch (from Disney’s Little Mermaid)!

  6. May 31, 2010 12:00 am

    I love the aroma of charred calamari. Smells of the sea. Very addictive.

  7. May 31, 2010 2:03 am

    Love this charred calamari salad ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. May 31, 2010 2:57 am

    What a gorgeous salad. I love all things squidlike (octopus, cuttlefish etc. as noted in my Cyprus post) but it’s hard to find them NOT deep-fried. I find that, if I really enjoy the taste of something, I don’t want it coated it batter and oil. So kudos to you for grilling this and letting it just BE. Love it.

    • foododelmundo permalink
      June 1, 2010 5:41 am

      Thank you Ruby how kind of you to say!
      I was perplexed on the Ursula, no kids=no Disney movies 😉

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  11. Pat permalink
    May 31, 2010 9:24 pm

    Lookin’ good, Mary. I LOVE calamari!!!

  12. June 1, 2010 1:22 pm

    This is drop-dead gorgeous and can I have some right now – immediately. Oh my – charred calamari – yes!

  13. June 1, 2010 7:06 pm

    Oohh! Looks great, the sound of charred calamari is very very delectable.

  14. Foodlvr permalink
    June 7, 2010 3:13 pm

    I saw something about this book elsewhere. I have to get it. This looks amazing. I love calamari. I have to make it on the grill now. Thanks for the blog.

    • foododelmundo permalink
      June 7, 2010 4:12 pm

      and thank YOU for all the lovely comments!

  15. June 23, 2010 7:25 am

    I think anything charred sounds good in the summer – especially this calamari!

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