Sometimes, the best recipes are those that come together on a whim. Recipes that are not quite so planned or premeditated, but end up tasting so delicious that you can’t put your fork down. This calamari recipe is just that.
While the past couple of weeks were a whirlwind of busy events–from family visiting to some spring break travel–there definitely were moments when time seemed to stand still. It isn’t because they were grand moments that happened in amazing places. On the contrary, they were simple moments that took place at the most familiar of corners like home, the mall, or the park nearby. Like, the moment my tween said goodbye and hopped on that big bus for her first school trip away from home! Or, when my little one turned 5, and for a birthday gift, my dad purchased her a big-girl bed that happened to be magenta! Never mind that it doesn’t quite go with anything else in her room. 🙂
When my mom decided to make her cabbage rolls for me, which happened to be the moment I learned how to let others feed me. When my little Hannah announced loudly at the mall that she was done with shopping and needed a Starbucks! Don’t worry, I bought her a hot chocolate. 🙂
This is not meant to be a recap of my spring break. But I simply share for the sake of reminding us all to cherish the small moments. I’d love to hear some of your recent small moments and memories; will you share in the comments with me? I promise, it’ll feel good!
While my parents were here, I did not end up cooking as much as I had intended. But this calamari recipe was one of the few things I made for them. I wanted to keep it simple and fresh, which is why I decided to pan-sear the calamari and add flavor using my usual suspects of garlic and lime juice. But taking that just one step further, I added a splash of champagne and a little fresh dill. I served it next to a simple fattoush salad and some plain white rice. But I imagine this calamari recipe could easily work with pasta.
This is so simple that I only have a couple of step photos for you today. And it comes together in less than 15 minutes! Shall we get to it?
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Step-by-step for this calamari recipe
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Pat the calamari rings dry.
In a large cast iron skillet like this one, heat 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 tbsp of unsalted butter. Turn heat to medium-high and add the calamari and saute for 3 minutes or so, then add the chopped garlic, champagne and lime juice. Cook for 7-9 more minutes or until the juice reduces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Finally, add a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) and stir in the fresh dill.
Transfer to a serving platter and enjoy hot or warm.
To complete this meal, add a side of a simple salad like fattoush and plain white rice.
- 1.5 squid (calamari), sliced into rings
- Olive oil
- Unsalted butter
- 10 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp champagne
- 1 1/2 lime, juice of
- Salt and pepper
- Cayenne pepper, optional
- 3 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- Pat the calamari rings dry.
- In a large cast iron skillet, heat 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 tbsp of unsalted butter. Turn heat to medium-high and add the calamari and saute for 3 minutes or so, then add the chopped garlic, champagne and lime juice. Cook for 7-9 more minutes or until the juice reduces. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Finally, add a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) and stir in the fresh dill.
- Transfer to a serving platter and enjoy hot or warm.
- To complete this meal, add a side salad like fattoush and plain white rice.