Squid with chilli and lemon sauce

Mario Matassa shares his technique for cooking squid (calamari) on the barbecue – a real showstopper for seafood lovers

squid calamari
Serves 4
Preparation time 15 minutes
Barbecuing time 3 minutes


• 1-2 fresh hot red chillies (depending on
how hot you like it)

• 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste

• 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

• juice of one lemon

• 4 long squid (calamari), cleaned

• salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 1 tsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


1 First make the sauce by finely chopping the red chillies (if you prefer a milder sauce remove the seeds). Place the chopped chilli in a bowl and
add the sun-dried tomato paste, olive oil and the juice of the lemon. Stir everything together and set aside until needed. 

2 Chop the squid into 2-3 pieces, season, then place over a hot barbecue. The squid should only take 2-3 minutes to cook. Don’t overcook it or
it will become tough. 

3 Remove the squid from the grill and place it in a bowl. Drizzle over the sauce, mix well, then sprinkle with the parsley. Serve with plenty of crusty bread and a simple green salad.

TIP If you haven’t cooked squid before, it’s a good idea to practise first. You’ll find that it requires very precise cooking times.

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