Don't rub your eyes when you look at the dish pictured above. That is in fact calamari you see and yes, it's here on weelicious. Now you're probably thinking_

a. What IS calamari? (Answer: squid.)
b. How the heck do I cook it? (Answer: it's one of the easier types of fish to prepare.)
c. There's NO way my kid will ever eat it. (Answer: Don't be too sure about that.)

Trust me, the recipes that show up on weelicious are never some type of challenge that I offer parents to try and get kids to eat a host of foods they're never going to enjoy. Quite the opposite, in fact. I have a 2 year old who constantly surprises me with her love of the most unexpected dishes to prove it. The first time Chloe tried calamari we were at one of our favorite Italian restaurants. I had ordered the grilled calamari and she scarfed every last piece of it off of my plate. Minutes after it was all gone she was screaming at the top of her lungs, "MORE CALAMARI!!! "The people at the table next to us looked over as if we were C-R-A-Z-Y! We now hear this familiar refrain from Chloe almost every time we are at a restaurant (whether they serve calamari or not!). Her demands for it became so frequent, I started making it at home and you'd be amazed by how quickly this child can put it away.

To remind you again, we're talking here about calamari, not chocolate cake or vanilla ice cream, but they way my whole family enjoys it now, you'd think I was offering dessert.

If you've never tried calamari before, it's time to give it a try because this unbelievably easy-to-make recipe is packed with protein and flavor, is inexpensive and unbelievably scrumptious no matter how old you are!


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Calamari Rings (Serves 2-3)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 4 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 Lb Calamari
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1/4 Cup Sherry Wine
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice


1. Rinse, drain and pat calamari dry.
2. Cut calamari into rings and pat dry again with a paper towel to remove as much excess liquid as possible.
3. Heat a large skillet over high heat, add 2 tbsp of oil and immediately add the calamari rings sautéing for 2 minutes.
4. Remove calamari to a bowl.
5. Add the minced garlic, sherry wine, salt and lemon juice to the same skillet over high heat and allow to boil for 1 minute.
5. Add the calamari back into the sherry lemon sauce to heat through for 20 seconds.
6. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.