Garlic and Parsley Grilled Squid Recipe

This garlic and parsley grilled squid recipe is a quick, tasty, and healthy way to prepare this seafood. Read more so you can try it out!
Garlic and Parsley Grilled Squid Recipe

Last update: 04 August, 2021

Squid is a mollusk that people eat all around the world. You can eat it grilled, stewed, in sashimi…anyway you prepare it can be great! In fact, today we’re going to share a garlic and parsley grilled squid recipe which is easy and delicious.

There are about 12 edible species of octopus, oysters, and clams. Squid meat is firm and it has a smooth, sweet flavor that goes well with any sauce or seasoning. We recommend taking a look at this recipe and trying it out!

Garlic and parsley grilled squid recipe

People all over the world eat battered and fried squid, also known as calamari. However, in places that put more of an emphasis on their gastronomy, you can also find various other dishes and stews with squid.

Because of its firm texture, you can cook it quickly and in many different ways. For example, you can grill or sauteé it. In addition, it’s a delicious addition to stews that have more succulent sauces. 

Also, squid is full of nutrients. It’s known for its high levels of protein as well as for its minerals like selenium, iodine, phosphorus, and vitamins B and E

For all of those reasons, we recommend making this garlic and parsley grilled squid recipe. It’s a quick dish to prepare and doesn’t take very long to make, which is why there’s no excuse for not trying this light and tasty dish out.

Ingredients for garlic and parsley grilled squid

To make 2 servings of this dish, you’ll need the following:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • A few branches of fresh parsley
  • 5 small fresh squid
handful of garlic

Directions

As we share the step-by-step directions for this recipe, you’ll see how easy and quick it is to make. Also, we recommend making it all at once so that you can get the optimal texture and flavor. 

Follow these steps:

  1. First, clean the squid. To do this, you need to separate the tentacles and remove the insides. Another option is to have the butcher do this for you before you buy the squid.
  2. Put a frying pan on the stove, add a splash of olive oil, and then add the squid. You can also add the tentacles that you removed when you cleaned it because they’re also edible.
  3.  As the squid browns, peel and mince the garlic. Then, wash the parsley and chop the leaves very finely. Put them in a bowl or cup and mix them with one or two tablespoons of olive oil.
  4. After 5 or 6 minutes, flip the squid over and then pour the garlic and parsley mixture on top. Cook for another 5 minutes. Turn the stove off and, if you’d like, you can add a little salt and a splash of lemon juice before serving.

Now that your squid is ready to serve, you can accompany it with a salad, some white rice, some baked potatoes, or some roasted vegetables.

Squid contraindications

In general, doctors recommend eating fish and shellfish as part of a healthy diet. However, that’s not the case for everyone since eating shellfish can be dangerous for some people.

For example, one of the main concerns in terms of eating squid is that it has relatively high levels of cholesterol. It contains 230 milligrams per 100 grams serving. As a result, it’s one of the mollusks with the highest cholesterol content. 

However, experts’ opinions on cholesterol in diets have changed in the past few years. The Harvard School of Public Health states that while it’s important to control the amount of cholesterol you consume, especially if you have any conditions like diabetes, it’s not as problematic as we previously thought. 

In addition, when it comes to fat content, it’s best to focus on quality rather than quantity. Squid contains a small amount of saturated fat, which are fats that you should only eat moderately. However, it also contains omega 3 fatty acids, which are very beneficial for the body.

Also, you should keep in mind that, like with all seafood, squid may cause an allergic reaction. That’s because it contains tropomyosin. However, this allergy is less common than a crustacean allergy. 

If you are allergic to a specific type of crustacean (crab, lobster, shrimp) or mollusks (clams, oysters, scallops), we recommend taking a tolerance squid to see how you react to squid. You should only do this test under the advice and supervision of an allergist. 

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Final tips for this garlic and parsley grilled squid recipe

As you can see, this garlic and parsley grilled squid recipe is very easy to prepare, even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen. We guarantee you’ll be successful in making it, but we want to share a few more tips to make it even easier.

First, we recommend buying fresh squid instead of frozen. Fresh squid will have a much more tender texture. In addition, you need to pay attention to cooking times. You should cook smaller pieces for 5 minutes and 7 or 8 minutes for larger ones.

Also, if you want to make this recipe as an appetizer, you can cut the squid into rings or slices before putting them in the pan. If you do that, they will only need to cook for 3-4 minutes. Regardless of the squid size, and how long you’re cooking it, you want to ensure your oil is very hot and that you leave the heat on medium as you cook.

Conclusion

We highly recommend making squid a part of your diet as a source of protein. If you eat it in moderation and cook it properly, you can include it in your diet with other nutrient-dense sources like eggs, tofu, white fish, bluefish, and lean meat.

So, all that’s left to do is to get cooking and enjoying this amazing recipe. Whether you make it as an appetizer or as part of a more complete meal, it’s sure to make everyone who tries it fall in love with it!

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