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Pan-fried squid with garlic and parsley sauce

Written By: Byron | June 26, 2023
A small tapas serving of pan-fried squid with some green garlic and parsley sauce spooned on top.

Pan-fried squid with garlic and parsley sauce is the perfect summertime tapas recipe. Delicious chunks of grilled squid drizzled with plenty of garlic and parsley sauce and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon. 

This healthy seafood tapas recipe is quick and easy to make with just 10 minutes of prep time and 5 minutes cook time. This recipe makes 4 tapas servings, but can easily be expanded to suit a main meal.

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Serving:

Tapas 4 servings

Ready in:

15 mins

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Fresh bread

Some large squid rings sit beside some garlic, fresh parsley, and olive oil.

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How to make pan-fried squid with garlic and parsley sauce

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. (300g) squid rings or giant squid, cleaned and cut into small cubes
  • Lemon (for serving)
  • Black cracked pepper (optional)

For the garlic and parsley sauce

  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ⅓ cup (2 fl oz/60ml) of extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Equipment needed 

Method

To make the garlic and parsley sauce

  • Start off by adding the garlic and a little oil to the food processor. Buzz for a minute, or until you see the garlic is nicely minced. 
  • Next, loosely chop the parsley and add the leaves to the food processor. Add around half of the remaining oil and buzz for a few minutes until you reach the desired consistency. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more oil. Leave your sauce and prepare your squid. 

Note: If you want to make this in advance, transfer the sauce to a sealable air-tight jar or container. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week. 

Pan fry the squid

  • Once you’ve cut your squid tubes or rings into small cubes, add a little oil to a non-stick pan on high heat. 
  • Slowly add the squid to the pan and stir often to grill all sides of the squid cubes. This should take around 4-5 minutes and once done, your squid will be opaque and white in color. 
  • Remove from the heat and stir in some of the garlic and parsley sauce

Serve with some lemon wedges and some more garlic and parsley sauce.

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Summer tapas recipes of Spain

When you think of summertime in Spain, most are immediately reminded of the food, and this is where tapas dishes really shine. Squid is one of the most popular ingredients used in plenty of main meal and tapas recipes. Of course, calamari rings with lemon and aioli are popular with visitors to Spain, but many locals favor other lesser-known squid recipes. 

Other popular summertime tapas recipes:

A small bowl of pan fried squid with green sauce

Squid in Spanish cuisine

Squid has a few different names in Spanish cuisine, the most common being ‘calamar’ (also called calamari), and you’ll find plenty of battered calamari recipes up and down the Mediterranean coast. 

For this recipe, we use large squid strips which in Spain are known as tiras de potón or tiras de pota. You can also use large squid rings (called anillos de calamares in Spanish). One of the advantages of buying the larger tubes or rings is they require no additional prep or cleaning and can simply be cut into cubes and cooked. 

Cooking squid

Squid is very easy to cook and doesn’t require too much attention, but you will need to be careful not to overcook the squid. Squid that is around ½ inch (1cm) thick will only require around 4-5 minutes to cook once the pan is hot. If using thinner squid tubes, less cooking time is required. 

For best results cooking squid, use a frying pan or skillet such as a 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet *.

Start with a hot pan on high heat and add a little oil. Once the oil sizzles, add the squid and stir frequently. It will change color very slightly and become more opaque once done. If you overcook your squid, it will be rubbery and chewy. 

How much fresh squid should you buy?

Allow around 2.5 oz.(75g) of the cubed squid tube meat per person for a tapas serving. Squid vary dramatically in size, and If buying the squid whole, speak directly to your fishmonger and they can tell you the amount you’ll need. 

Frozen squid

It’s always best to use fresh ingredients whenever possible, however, If you can’t source fresh squid, use frozen squid that you’ll find in the chilled section of most large supermarkets. Thaw your squid by adding it to some lightly salted water at room temperature. It should take around 1 hour for the squid to thaw. 

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 4

Amount per serving

 

Calories

237

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 18.4g

24%

Saturated Fat 2.4g

12%

Cholesterol 195mg

65%

Sodium 194mg

8%

Total Carbohydrate 4.4g

2%

Dietary Fiber 0.6g

2%

Total Sugars 0.2g

 

Protein 13.4g

 

Vitamin D 0mcg

0%

Calcium 58mg

4%

Iron 2mg

9%

Potassium 98mg

2%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

FAQs

How long does pan fried squid with garlic and parsley sauce take to make?

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes

Can I use frozen squid?

Yep, you sure can. Thaw your frozen squid before cooking and be sure to drain off any excess water or liquid before cooking. 

Do I need to use giant squid for this recipe? 

Nope, you can use normal squid rings and it’ll work just fine. Be careful to adjust the cooking time as thinner squid rings will cook faster. 

How long does garlic and parsley sauce last?

When stored in an airtight container, garlic and parsley sauce will last up to 1 week in the fridge.

A small bowl of pan fried squid with green sauce

Pan-fried squid with garlic and parsley sauce

Byron
Pan-fried squid with garlic and parsley sauce is the perfect summertime tapas recipe. Delicious chunks of grilled squid drizzled with plenty of garlic and parsley sauce and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon.
This healthy seafood tapas recipe is quick and easy to make with just 10 minutes of prep time and 5 minutes cook time. This recipe makes 4 tapas servings, but can easily be expanded to suit a main meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course appertizer, seafood, starter, tapas
Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Seafood, Spain
Servings 4 tapas
Calories 237 kcal

Equipment

  • Grill or frying pan
  • 1 sealable air-tight jar or container
  • A food processor
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. 300g giant squid, cleaned and cut into small cubes
  • Lemon for serving
  • Black cracked pepper optional

For the garlic and parsley sauce

  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled
  • cup 2 fl oz/60ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Instructions
 

To make the garlic and parsley sauce

  • Start off by adding the garlic and a little oil to the food processor. Buzz for a minute, or until you see the garlic is nicely minced.
    5 garlic cloves, ⅓ cup 2 fl oz/60ml of extra virgin olive oil
    Smoe garlic cloves and olive oil are added to a food processsor.
  • Next, loosely chop the parsley and add the leaves to the food processor. Add around half of the remaining oil and buzz for a few minutes until you reach the desired consistency. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more oil. Leave your sauce and prepare your squid.
    1 cup fresh parsley, ¼ teaspoon of salt
    Some fresh parsley is added to a food processor.

Pan fry the squid

  • Once you’ve cut your squid tubes or rings into small cubes, add a little oil to a non-stick pan on high heat.
    some oil is added to a non-stick frying pan.
  • Slowly add the squid to the pan and stir often to grill all sides of the squid cubes. This should take around 4-5 minutes and once done, your squid will be opaque and white in color.
    10 oz. 300g giant squid, cleaned and cut into small cubes
    Squid cubes cook in a frying pan.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in some of the garlic and parsley sauce.
    Squid satuees with some garlic and parsley saucce.
  • Serve with some lemon wedges and some more garlic and parsley sauce.
    Lemon, Black cracked pepper
    A small bowl of pan fried squid with green sauce

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 75gCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 4.4gProtein: 13.4gFat: 18.4gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 194mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.2gCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
Keyword 15-minute-meal, Easy tapas, garlic, parsley, seafood, seafood recipe, Spanish tapas, squid, tapas
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Byron is the wearer of many hats here at The Spanish Radish. He's the design creative, author, lead recipe developer, food photographer, and digital content creator for the Spanish Radish team. When he's not busy making new recipes, he's out hiking with his dog or exploring the beauty that Spain has to offer.