Grilled Calamari with Lemon, Garlic and Oregano

Summer days call for simple meals that don’t require too much effort and yet still pack a flavourful punch. As we all migrate outside to enjoy the warm weather, the BBQ takes over as our main cooking tool.  Below is the recipe for one of our favourite summer dishes done on the BBQ: Grilled Calamari that’s done in a Lemon, Garlic and Oregano marinade and cooked in a grill basket on the BBQ. Enjoy them on their own (they sure are tasty enough) or make a light meal or appetizer by placing some on top of a nice green salad like we did.


  • 2-3 cloves of minced garlic
  • ½ of the juice of one large lemon
  • ½ tbsb fresh oregano
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 FRESH baby squid, tentacle part only heads removed and discarded. If they make you squeamish, this would also work with the body of the squid.
**NOTE: As with all seafood, the fresher the better! Spend a little extra and get fresh squid from your local seafood market. We got ours at Mike’s Fish Market at the St. Lawerence Market.


  1. Pre-heat BBQ on medium-high heat
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and marinate squid for 5 min
  3. Cook for 5-7 min in a grilling basket until tentacles curl and crisp slightly
  4. Enjoy on their own or on top of a mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes

2 thoughts on “Grilled Calamari with Lemon, Garlic and Oregano

  1. Wow.. I’ve never considered cooking squid.. but that looks AMAZING and now I want to try. Thanks for this post! I haven’t hosted large dinner parties, so the best tip I can give is for when we have guests.. and that’s to tag team. My husband and I always do best when we tag team; he takes one part of the meal (often the main dinner dish) and I do one part (often sides and dessert). We always enjoy the prep and the meal so much more that way.

  2. Thanks Yadi :) Please let us know if you decide to try the squid! The recipe is easier than you might think (the only thing to watch is your marinating time and that you don’t over cook). We also like your tip for tag team-ing in the kitchen. It’s always more fun and rewarding to cook a meal together and a great way to spend time with your significant other! Thanks for sharing :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *