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!


Calamari Rings

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 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



    Sodium: 460mg | Cholesterol: 350mg | Calories: 240kcal | Fat: 11g | Protein: 24g | Carbohydrates: 6g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a 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.


    1. 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!

    2. 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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    4. 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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