Recipe: Calamari Steak Burger


Sink your teeth into a delicious Calamari Steak Burger!

Not sure what a calamari steak is? Our calamari steaks are the same mantle meat as a calamari ring, but from a much larger Peruvian Jumbo Squid. Because of the larger size of Jumbo squid, the steaks are cut to size. They are very tender, and tend to have slightly less chewiness than typical calamari. Anyone who enjoys either calamari or a classic whitefish should give calamari steaks a try. 

For this simple recipe, we swap the classic all-American beef burger for a heart-healthy calamari steak - high in protein, low in fat, and adding omega-3 fatty acids to the meal. This calamari steak is marinated for 30 minutes to soak up the flavors of  lemon, garlic, and basil, and then are grilled. We make our own tartar-style sauce complements the mild flavor of the calamari steaks, but feel free to go a different direction if you prefer. The mild flavor of our calamari steaks work with almost any cuisine.  


4 The Town Dock Calamari Steaks, thawed 

• 1/3 cup olive oil 

• 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, divided 

• 2 garlic cloves, smashed 

• 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil, divided 

• 1/2 tsp. each kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

• 1/2 cup mayonnaise 

• 2 tsp. capers, chopped 

• 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 

• 4 brioche burger buns 

• 4 leaves Boston bibb lettuce 

• 1 red onion, sliced thin into rounds 

• 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced into rounds 

• 1 avocado, peeled, seeded, sliced thin 


  1. Combine olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, garlic, 1 tablespoon basil, salt and pepper in a large zipper-lock bag. Add Calamari Steaks and marinate for at least 30 minutes. 
  2. Combine mayonnaise, remaining basil, capers and Dijon in small bowl. Set aside. 
  3. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and oil grates. Grill Calamari Steaks until golden-brown, 2 to 2-1/2 minutes on each side. 
  4. Spread tartar sauce on each brioche bun. Top with lettuce, tomato, Calamari Steak, avocado, onion and more sauce. Serve and enjoy!

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