Stuffed Calamari Recipe

Stuffed calamari recipe is very common in the Mediterranean countries and I discovered that is very popular during Christmas. I love it any time of the year.

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There are two versions, one with tomato sauce and one without. I like the one without tomato sauce as you can better taste the calamari.

I flavour it with white wine and let it simmer in its own juices.

And no, it is not too dry at all !

When your guests cut the calamari in half, they will discover the flavoured breadcrumbs mixed with the tentacles.

Each bite will be filled with flavoured seafood enhanced by garlic, lemon zest, and wine.  

stuffed calamary served

Calamari Squid

Some people are confused by the name: squid, calamari, cuttlefish.

If you want to know more, check the article:

What Are Calamari Squid Cuttlefish and Octopus

You might find different sizes of squids.

Make sure you choose the one with a long body/head so it can hold enough stuffing.

The body/head tends to shrink when cooked so the longer the better.

Also, ask your fishmonger to clean them for you.

It is not difficult to clean them, but kind of disgusting.

You can see a video here below:

Squid Ink

As a matter of interest, I always cut my fish over a dedicated fish board as it is more hygienic.

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Each board is colour coded and has a symbol indicating its use e.g. meat (red), fish (blue), vegetables (green), and cooked food (white).

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Stuffed Calamari Recipe

Stuffed Calamari Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins

Cook Time
20 mins

Total Time
35 mins


This recipe of stuffed calamary uses white wine, if you prefer you can replace it with tomato sauce


Main Course

Servings: 4 people
Calories: 423 kcal

  • 8
  • 150
  • 30
    Parmesan cheese
  • 1
    lemon zest
  • 30
  • 1/2
    white wive
  • olive oil
  • 2

  1. Prepare the breadcrumbs by mixing them with the Parmesan, grated parsley, 1 grated garlic clove and the lemon zest

  2. Separate the calamari heads from the legs

    separate the body from the legs of the calamari
  3.  Make sure there is no bone left inside the heads

    clean the calamari heads
  4. Stir fry the legs with olive oil and garlic

    Stir fry the calamari legs with garlic
  5. Cut the legs into small pieces and mix with the breadcrumbs. It is difficult to know how much breadcrumbs you can fit into each head so to avoid having leftover, combine half then combine more as needed.

    mix the calamari legs with the breadcrumbs
  6. Fill the heads with the breadcrumbs mix pushing the filling all the way down. Do not overfill them as the head will shrinks when cooking and the filling will pop out if it is too full 

    Fill the calamari with the breadcrumbs
  7. Close the ends with a toothpick and pierce the heads so the juices can come out while the heads cook and shrink

    Stir fry in the pan
  8. Add 1/2 glass of white wine, cover and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the calamari.

  9. Once they are ready, place them on the serving dish, remove the toothpick from the heads and pour the juices on top

  10. If you have any legs left a side serve them with the calamari

    Stuffed Calamari Recipe

Recipe Notes

Calories 423 calories per serving Fat 9 gr per serving Carbohydrates 56 gr per serving Cholesterol 238 mg Proteins 31 gr per serving Sugar 3 gr per serving Sodium 674 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

Stuffed calamari recipe is very common in the Mediterranean countries and I discovered that is very popular during Christmas. I love it any time of the year. - Your Guardian Chef  #seafood #Italian #Calamari #Squid

  10 comments for “Stuffed Calamari Recipe

  1. 31st December 2017 at 6:22 am

    I didn’t even know calamari could be stuffed! This sounds like a great recipe for the New Year!

    • Laura
      31st December 2017 at 6:44 am

      Yes, perfect for New Year celebration

  2. 31st December 2017 at 9:37 am

    I got to know about stuffed calamari from my father in law. He would stuff them with a mixture of spices with scraped coconut. It was divine, especially when the calamari melts in your mouth! We are lucky to be near the sea and calamari are usually cheap here so I will try your version some time in the future. 🙂

    • Laura
      31st December 2017 at 9:55 am

      That sounds like a nice combination. Calamari are normally reasonably priced and it is such a great dish.

  3. 31st December 2017 at 11:42 am

    I had no idea you could stuff calamari! I wonder if we can get the right squid where I live – I’ll have to check! Sounds delicious! 🙂

    • Laura
      31st December 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Hopefully, you should. If not fresh may be frozen. As long as it is a good quality brand it would work well anyway

  4. 31st December 2017 at 11:47 am

    I love calamari but didn’t realise it could be stuffed! I definitely need to give this a try now!

    • Laura
      31st December 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Oh yes, and they are delicious

  5. 31st December 2017 at 12:41 pm

    This looks wonderful Laura, calamari is one of my favourites!

    • Laura
      31st December 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you Emily

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