Recipes: Jamie Oliver’s Top 3 At Home Calamari Recipes

As a world-renowned British chef, Jamie Oliver is not only a champion of healthy, easy, and affordable cooking, he is also a seafood-lover. His global food health campaign has produced a variety of how-to videos, articles, and recipes for better ways to eat fish. Recently, his website featured an article on “why fish is healthy”, which emphasizes the need for seafood’s high protein, omega 3s, and vitamins in a balanced weekly diet. Calamari is the perfect, versatile ingredient that can be quickly prepared into a healthy main course that rivals poultry and beef. This week, we highlight Jamie Oliver’s top 3 fresh squid recipes with unique flavors and exceptional nutritional benefits.


Chargrilled Whole Squid with Chilli & Mint

Chargrilled Whole Squid with Chili Mint Recipe | The Town DockThis meal is impressive in presentation and taste, but simple in preparation. Using the whole squid, there is less cutting and little waste. It contains the freshest ingredients combined in the healthiest way: chargrilled. Grilling foods is better than frying them in oil because it cuts down on fat. This nutritional benefit is clear in Jamie’s chilli-mint squid with low saturated fat, sugar, and carbs, but high protein at almost 30g.


  • 4 medium-sized whole squid with the wings left
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons’ juice and zest
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 red chillies
  • 1 handful of fresh mint
  • 1 lemon for serving

For the full Chilli-Mint Squid recipe, cooking directions, and nutritional information, click here.


Roasted Concertina Squid With Grilled Leeks And A Warm Chorizo Dressing

Roasted Concertina Squid With Grilled Leeks Warm Chorizo Dressing Recipe | The Town DockThis recipe is an “explosion of spicy, intense flavors,” proving that healthy foods don’t have to taste bland. Low on carbs, sugars, and saturates but high on protein, this “bold” squid dish helps you spice up hard-to-cook leeks. It can be served for dinner in 35 minutes and kills two birds with one stone: veggies and fish all in one.


  • 4 medium-sized squid, tentacles removed but reserved
  • 8 baby leeks, outer leaves trimmed back
  • sea salt
  • olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 1 radicchio
  • 2 lemons squeezed

Chorizo Dressing Ingredients

  • 100g iberico chorizo sausage
  • olive oil
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon’s juice

For the full Roasted Squid, Leaks in Chorizo Dressing recipe, cooking directions, and nutritional information, click here.


Chargrilled Squid With Rustic Guacamole

Chargrilled Squid With Rustic Guacamole Recipe | The Town DockJamie calls this “smoky” squid with “creamy” guacamole the perfect fresh salad—it’s squid with a Mexican kick. This is a quick dish with an easy 30-minute prep and simple ingredients can be served for dinner at a party. Instead of the typical fast food alternatives, make this calamari platter for your next get-together and boast about its health benefits: nearly 20g of protein, low saturated fat, and essential unsaturated oils from the avocado.


  • 2 x 150g squid and tentacles, tubes cleaned and kept whole
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lime’s juice

Guacamole Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe avocados
  • 1-2 fresh red chillies
  • fresh coriander
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 limes’ juice

For the full Squid & Guacamole recipe, cooking directions, and nutritional information, click here.