Lemon Butter Calamari (Squid) Steaks


Generally when I think of eating squid the image of breaded, fried, chewy calamari comes to mind. For most of my life I just assumed that was how you eat squid. Then one night we had tapas and ordered the calamari. There was no breading and nothing was fried. The dish was perfectly tender slices of squid in a delicious lemon butter sauce. Since then, whenever I see wild caught squid at the grocery store I pick up a few steaks to make a very quick, tasty dinner.

Squid is a great source of minerals such as phosphorous, selenium, and zinc as well as vitamin B12 and niacin. It is also high in protein. But, squid is low in fat. So, adding the lemon butter sauce helps with satiety.

Recipe: Lemon Butter Calamari Steaks


  • 2 squid steaks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper


  1. Pat the squid dry and coat both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt the butter in a sauté pan.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the butter and cook for 1 minute over medium heat or until fragrant but not turning brown.
  4. Add the juice of half a lemon.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium and add one squid steak. Cook for 90 seconds per side. Repeat with the second steak.
  6. Serve with steamed broccoli and pour the lemon butter sauce over everything. Save the other lemon half for added lemony goodness while eating.
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