Mediterranean Diet 101

Stuffed Calamari Recipe - Sauteed Calamari Recipe

There are many ways of preparing calamari, whether you are on a diet or not. Grilled or baked stuffed calamari is one of my favorite calamari recipes. It takes some time to make, but it is worth your time and effort. And this is one of my favorite cheat meals, so don't even bother on counting calories ...



stuffed calamari recipe

In suitable pot, boil some water. Add some salt and cook rice. Amount of rice depends on number and size of calamari you have.

Cook rice for 10-12 minutes, even more if you are using brown rice. Brown rice taste better, at least for me, so I use it more often.

 stuffed calamari recipeWhile rice is cooking, chop some onions, garlic, parsley and other herbs you are going to use for this meal.


 stuffed calamari recipeAfter rice is cooked, put a tablespoon of olive oil (you can use same pot used for cooking rice) in the pot ...


 stuffed calamari recipe... and put onions, some salt, pepper and other herbs and saute it for 3-4 minutes.

Note: Whenever I make fish and similar recipes, I like to use laurel. Some people don't like laurel and can have stomach issues due to it. So use it in moderation ...


 stuffed calamari recipeAdd chopped calamari tentacles and rings and saute again for 3-4 minutes.

 stuffed calamari recipeAdd cooked rice ...


stuffed calamari recipe

... and some good white wine. Don't worry (at least not too much) about alcohol - it will evaporate, but leave aroma and fragrance. That is why one must use only a good wine.



 stuffed calamari recipeMix everything and saute for 6-7 minutes, until wine evaporates, but not more.


 stuffed calamari recipeWine has evaporated and how we can fill calamari.


 stuffed calamari recipeThe easiest and simplest way of filling calamari is with the spoon. One can find various 'gadgets' for filling and stuffing various foods, but ordinary tablespoon (depending on the size of calamari) will do the job fine.

During stuffing, one can add a teaspoon (not a tablespoon!) of olive oil directly into the calamari. It will improve taste and aroma and prevent filling to be dry - yes, more calories, but who cares ...

After stuffing calamari, close them with a toothpick.

 stuffed calamari recipeStuffed calamari, ready for grilling or backing in the oven.


stuffed calamari recipe

Spray some olive oil onto your baking pan, put calamari and potatoes and then, again, add some good white vine.

 stuffed calamari recipeWrap baking pan with aluminum baking foil - this will prevent loss of fluids during baking. Bake calamari for some 30-35 minutes on 225°C.

Then remove foil and bake 15 more minutes to get golden brown color of calamari and potatoes.

Serve warm and enjoy...

 stuffed calamari recipeAs a side dish, lettuce with sweet corn and onions salad is a great choice.


Sliced calamari and it's stuffing ...


With this meal, some whole grain bread should be served and, naturally, good wine ... Water? For washing hands, only ... :o)

Enjoy your meal and forget calories. I tried once to do some math, I gave up when I reached 1000 kcal ...  :o)

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