Octopus and Squid Recipes

Never tried to fry calamari at home, attempt a paella, or to grill octopus? We have the recipes, tips, and techniques for preparing octopus and squid right here.

Staff Picks

Octapodi Kokkinisto (Greek Octopus in Tomato Sauce)

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
Octopus is an incomparable treat. I love it grilled, in a salad or in tomato sauce. For many, cooking octopus may seem daunting - but I assure you, it couldn't be easier. Serve this dish with hand-cut french fries or with rice. Never add water; you want the octopus to cook in its own juices for best flavor.

What Is Calamari?

Find out about this tasty sea creature that's popular in Mediterranean and Asian cuisines.
By Nadia Hassani

Spanish Octopus

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
Above and beyond the ingredients, the cooking method, or should I say methods, couldn't be easier. As long as you braise it gently on low heat, until just tender, and then give it a nice sear before serving, you should be in great shape. This smoky braised octopus is great served with crusty roasted potatoes.

Spicy Stuffed Squid

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
Squid stuffed with succulent rice and baked in a spicy tomato sauce. It doesn't get much better than this.

Buttermilk-Battered Calamari

Rating: 4.5 stars 80
This is a great recipe for those who love battered calamari. It's so simple and the finished product is awesome! Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Fried Seafood Laksa Noodles

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
This is one of my favorite Asian recipes. It's fast and easy.
By Djenna

Octopus in Tomato Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Enjoy this traditional recipe from Malta which makes a very flavorful sauce for octopus with potatoes, tomatoes, red wine and a hint of citrus that can be served over spaghetti, or just on its own.

Juicy and Spicy Ceviche

Rating: 5 stars 16
This is a super juicy and moist ceviche! It is so good! Serve with tortilla chips.

Air Fryer Calamari

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Guilt-free crispy air-fried calamari! Serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges if desired.

Grilled Octopus

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
Tenderized octopus, char-grilled and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and a sprinkling of fresh parsley. Simple, yet deliciously satisfying!

Spanish Octopus

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
Above and beyond the ingredients, the cooking method, or should I say methods, couldn't be easier. As long as you braise it gently on low heat, until just tender, and then give it a nice sear before serving, you should be in great shape. This smoky braised octopus is great served with crusty roasted potatoes.

Calamari

Rating: 4.5 stars 206
This is a delicious, very easy, quick but moderately expensive recipe. Everyone I've ever fixed it for absolutely loves it!
By bluebayou
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Inspiration and Ideas

How To Cook Octopus
It's easier than you think! Get tips for serving tender octopus, from quick grilling to slow simmering.
Calamari Marinara
Rating: Unrated 22
"The most tender calamari I've ever had. Excellent recipe." – Steve Harrison
Adobong Pusit (Squid Adobo)
Rating: 4 stars 10

This Filipino squid recipe tastes best if you use fresh, smaller squid. Squid is simmered with onion, garlic, tomato, vinegar, and soy sauce for a tasty meal.