Linguine with Sauteed Calamari

Linguine with Sauteed Calamari

I am sharing with you all today my husband’s as well as my oldest son’s favorite squid recipe. It’s an extremely simple recipe, and so very delectable.

If you ‘re following my blog for some time, you must know that I am not a huge fan of squid. However, if I make it with pasta, like this I would eat it, or in a tomato based sauce over polenta. It’s “lick your fingers good”.

Linguine with Sauteed Calamari

I think the key is to serve it right away after making it. The lemon juice gives this amazing aroma and the taste is just fantastic.

If you ever try it, make sure to tag my blog on social media #sandraseasycooking. Send me a pic or leave me a comment for feedback. Thank you!

Linguine with Sauteed Calamari

Linguine with Sauteed Calamari

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword pasta, seafood, dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 pound squid cleaned, bodies cut into 3/4-inch-thick rings, tentacles left whole
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
  • Salt and Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Zest of a 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Pack of Linguine /1 lb fettuccine, spaghetti, etc.
  • 1/2 tbsp. unsalted Butter
  • Juice of a 1 lemon
  • Fresh Parsley for garnish


  1. Boil water with 1 tablespoon of salt, and drop the pasta in – any pasta would work. After it cooks, drain, saving 1/3 cup of pasta water.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat until almost smoking. Turn down the heat to medium-low and carefully add minced fresh garlic to infuse the oil. Saute for 10-15 seconds, try not to burn it.
  3. Carefully add cleaned, washed and sliced squid in a pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste, a couple of pinches.
  4. Add lemon zest, dry parsley and cook, tossing frequently until the squid is cooked through, about 2 to 4 minutes (do not overcook). Season with additional salt and pepper, only if needed.
  5. Heat oil in a saute pan, add cooked pasta, stir, to coat it with olive oil.
  6. Pour *reserved pasta water, and add the squid. Stir, add butter and stir again to coat and lastly add lemon juice. Allow it to cook for a minute or two and serve.

Recipe Notes

When you add lemon juice last it gives you the fresh aroma of lemon. If you plan to serve it later, the squid will become too rubbery. I would suggest preparing, set aside and when you are ready, just cook and serve. It tasks so little time that before you know it the dinner will be on the table. Try to get fresh squid, you can get already clean ones. If the squid produces any liquid while cooking, do not worry. You can add it with pasta when you add squid.

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