Lemon & Cilantro Calamari with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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Super fresh calamari takes center stage with a light lemon-cilantro flavor, accompanied by a robust roasted red pepper sauce.



For the Calamari:

  • 1lb of cleaned calamari tubes, sliced into inch long pieces
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbl coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:


  1. In a bowl, toss the calamari, lemon juice and coconut oil. Set aside to marinate.
  2. Make the red pepper sauce: drain the roasted red peppers of any excess liquid by placing in a sieve and pressing down on them gently with the back of a spoon. Add them to a blender along with the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Liquefy until smooth.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium until hot. Tip the calamari, oil and lemon juice into the pan; it should sizzle. Cook, stirring frequently, until opaque and until the edges are just beginning to take on a little color, about 4 – 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the calamari with the chopped cilantro and serve while hot alongside the roasted red pepper sauce.