Spicy Grilled Calamari


  • 4 squid whole and cleaned
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • bamboo skewers
  • lemon wedges for garnish


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine smoked paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil, stirring until you have a smooth, runny paste.
  • Pour the mixture into a large zip-seal bag. Add squid (pre skewered), and toss to coat evenly with marinade. Seal the bag closed and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat a gas or charcoal grill on high heat.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the squid from the refrigerator. Place the skewers directly onto the preheated grill, and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side or just until the squid turn opaque. Remove from squid from heat
  • Garnish with lemon wedges. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.
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