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.

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  • Colleen

    Where do you buy your squid? Do they clean it for you? Cleaning squid is disgusting but I haven't found a frozen (& cleaned)variety that's tasty. Thanks!

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    • Leslie Tyssen

      They have a huge bag of frozen calamari in our seafood section of my grocery store! It is great and veryyy inexpensive!

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    • Genia

      Found a 16oz bag of frozen “squid” at Walmart for $4.37.

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  • HereticPrincess

    I'm glad your family loves it!

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  • Ashley S

    My son loves calamari as well! I never thought to make it at home either. Guess we should give it a try!

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  • Karissa

    Can't wait to try this recipe for my kids and ME!! Thanks

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  • Meghna

    So excited to try this. My 3 year old loves calamari, but we have only ever had the breaded, fried kind in restaurants. This should be interesting. My husband is for sure going to love it! It's always a double-blessing, for me, when you post items that are \"Paleo-diet friendly\"!!!

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  • Amanda

    Calamari is one of my son's favorites!

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  • Carma

    Thank you for this recipe, my son likes calamari almost as much as he likes pasta con il polpo.

    I am so glad to see a mom's site encouraging parent's to give their kids more than the standard \" fare\" .


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  • S

    Calamari has been one of my girls' favorite foods since they were around 1! They can't get enough of the stuff...both the rings and the whole little ones. I don't know why I never thought to make it at home. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Genia

    Love this recipe. Found a 16oz bag of frozen \"squid\" at Walmart for $4.37. Going to make this tonight and will post again after trying it!

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  • Lena

    Those who have access to mililtary commissary the bas was 3 lbs for about $5.50 They are whole though and you have to clean. I made it for my children and my 3 year old couldn't get enough of it. My 5 year old was not too sure, she saw me cleaning the squid. I should have not shown it to her :(

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  • Gail Sieczka

    Fresh calamari with the tentacles used to be my middle boys favorite food and the only meat product we could get him to eat. Unfortunatly, his taste buds have changed and we moved away from the beach and can no longer find fresh calamari. :(

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