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Grilled Calamari with Lemon And Orange

Grilled Calamari with Lemon And Orange

Calamari has such a pleasant taste – it’s mildly seafood-y but not overwhelming. Grilled up with a grab-bag of citrus fruit and fresh herbs, it’s reminiscent of a sunny patio somewhere in southern Italy, or maybe the coast of Greece. Who needs to fry it up in a big pile of breadcrumbs when you could have this?

Nutritionally, calamari is rich in B vitamins, but the real bounty is in the minerals. The selenium content is particularly notable because selenium is so important for gut and thyroid health. If you use this recipe to feed four people, each person will be getting well almost 100% of their daily selenium. Calamari also has a great Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio (like all other fish), but it has so little total fat that it doesn’t provide any significant amount of either.

In restaurants, calamari is usually an appetizer, but if you’re serving a lighter meal, this could work as the main course. Maybe serve it with grilled vegetables, or a light salad with some avocado to add a little extra fat to the lean meat.

Grilled Calamari with Lemon And Orange Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 20 min.Cooking time COOK: 5 min.


Protein: 35g / %

Carbs: 17g / %

Fat: 17g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 2 lbs. calamari tubes and tentacles
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grilled Calamari preparation


  1. Preheat your grill to medium heat.
  2. Slice the calamari tubes into thin rings.
  3. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and season to taste.
  4. Toss everything gently, until well coated.
  5. Grill the calamari and citrus fruit using a grilling basket or pan until fully cooked, about 4 to 5 minutes.
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