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Sun-dried tomato calamari recipe

Sun-dried tomato calamari recipe

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This easy starter recipe will put a little bit of sunshine on your plate!! Instead of the typical deep-fried version of calamari, try this. Sprinkle with crushed red chillies if you'd like some heat!

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 calamari, cleaned and sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 50g oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped flat leaf parsley

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan on medium heat and cook the garlic and the calamari for 5 minutes. Add the sun dried tomatoes and it's ready! Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.

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You on board yet? Now, let's make it taste good without submerging it in oil. A quick, high heat flash in the pan will have you eating healthy in no time. You want high heat so your calamari doesn't turn to mush, leaving you chewing for days.

And make sure to use a high heat oil like avocado oil so you don't take in any added toxins. You definitely don't want a side of that with your calamari. I like Primal Kitchen's Avocado oil for high heat cooking.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 pound linguine pasta
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound bay scallops
  • 1 pound medium shrimp - peeled and deveined
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar clam juice
  • ⅓ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 ½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente drain.

In a large skillet add the olive oil and butter. Heat until butter is melted. Add the garlic and saute until tender.

Add the scallops and shrimp. Cook until shrimp is pink, about 10 minutes. Add clam juice, salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes more.

To the cooked pasta add the tomatoes, parsley and lemon zest, toss. Pour seafood mixture over the linguini, serve immediately.

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Warm the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, stir, and cook for 1 minute

Add the red onion and fresh fennel and cook for 2 minutes.

Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and cook 1 minute.

Add the olives and lemon zest. Stir well and cook 1 minute.

Add the basil, mint, brown sugar, and salt. Stir and cook 1 minute

Stir in the lemon juice stir and cook 1 minute.

Add the garbanzo beans, stir, and cook for 1 minute.

Cook for 2 minutes after stirring in the wine.

Add the water, stir, and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.

While the garbanzo bean base cooks, place the breadcrumbs in a bowl and coat the calamari rings with them, shaking off the excess.

In a large nonstick skillet, cook the extra light olive oil to a sizzle over medium heat. Add the calamari, sprinkle with Nick’s magic rub, and cook for 2 minutes.

With a slotted spoon, add the calamari to the garbanzo bean base. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring gently, over medium heat.

You can serve this dish as an appetizer in individual portions or bring it to the table on a large tray to pass around “family style.”


1 pound cleaned calamari, cut into 1/2” rings (body only no tentacles)

1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs

3 cloves garlic, thickly cut

1/3 cup diced fresh fennel bulb (include some of the chopped green leaves if available)

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    • 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
    • 3 tablespoons brown sugar or molasses
    • 2 cups tomato sauce
    • 1/2 cup white wine
    • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
    • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper or red pepper flakes
    • 1 teaspoon coarse-grain salt
    • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black peppercorns
    • 3 or 4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/3 cup balsamic or red wine vinegar

  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces, 2 tablespoons of oil reserved
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint leaves
  • 1 medium shallot, finely minced (about 1 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Set a gas burner to high heat and place poblano pepper directly on flame. Cook until completely blackened, turning as needed with tongs, about 5 minutes total. Alternatively, preheat the broiler to high, place poblano on a rimmed baking sheet, and broil, turning occasionally, until charred on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes total.

Place in covered container or paper bag until skin is loosened, about 3 minutes. Carefully peel skin and discard. Remove stem, ribs, and seeds. Cut into 1/4-inch dice and combine with sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, honey, soy sauce, hot sauce, lemon juice, mint leaves, and shallot. Whisk to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Calamari with sun-dried tomatoes and fennel pollen

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for calamari with sun-dried tomatoes and fennel pollen by Aaron Turner from Loam in Victoria.

Calamari with sun-dried tomatoes and fennel pollen


  • 500 gm ripe cherry tomatoes (2 punnets), halved
  • 4 green tomatoes, thickly sliced (see note)
  • 2 small garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 220 ml olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp lemon thyme
  • Zested rind of ½ a lemon, and 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 small southern calamari (about 900gm)
  • 30 gm young samphire (see note) (¼ cup)
  • 2 tbsp fresh fennel pollen (see note)



Note If green tomatoes are unavailable, substitute 300gm mixed heirloom tomatoes, halve small tomatoes thickly slice larger ones. Samphire is a succulent that grows near the coast it's available from select greengrocers. If fresh fennel pollen is unavailable, substitute dried fennel pollen it's available from Herbie's Spices.
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