Stuffed Calamari

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Don't fry your calamari; stuff it!

What’s better than the fried calamari you often order at restaurants? This stuffed version, which replaces the fattening fried batter with a stuffing bursting with superfoods. Delicious tomato, onion, garlic, and parsley add savory flavor that the calamari soaks up, providing you with a delicious zest in every bite.

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Stuffed Calamari

Go stuffed instead of fried with this amazing recipe for calamari that's full of delicious superfoods that everyone enjoys.
Yield 6 people
Serving Size
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Universal


  • 4 calamari big (squid)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 onion medium, minced
  • 2 slices of bread finely crumbled
  • 4 ounces ham reduced-sodium, nitrate-free (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons parsley fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups white wine
  • 7 ounces tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Clean the calamari. Separate the tentacles from the bodies then finely chop the tentacles. Set aside.
  • Over medium heat, in saucepan with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, sautè the garlic and onions.
  • When the onions turn transparent, add the ham (if using), bread and half of the parsley. Sautè for about 2 minutes then add the tentacles. Cook until the water almost evaporates.
  • Add 2/3 of the white wine on medium to high heat. Continue to cook until the wine evaporates and the sauce thickens.
  • Cook for another 10 minutes then turn off the heat. Let it cool.
  • Fill up the calamari with the filling then close them with toothpicks.
  • Leave the liquid of the filling in the saucepan.
  • Over medium heat, pour the remaining oil in the saucepan. When the oil is hot, add the stuffed calamari then brown all sides.
  • Pour the remaining white wine on medium to high heat then let it evaporate.
  • Pour the tomato puree in the saucepan. Let it boil then simmer, covered for about 45 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve the calamari with the sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 401mg | Sodium: 253mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Low-Carb, Seafood

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Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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