Grilled Squid With Olive Oil and Lemon: A Taste of Mediterranean Bliss

Easy Grilled Squid Recipe with Fresh Lemon and Olive Oil

Transport yourself to a sun-soaked Mediterranean beach with this mouthwatering grilled squid recipe.

Imagine sinking your teeth into tender, perfectly charred squid, drizzled with fragrant olive oil and zesty lemon juice. This classic Mediterranean dish captures the essence of coastal cuisine – simple, fresh, and utterly delicious. With just a handful of ingredients and some grilling know-how, you’ll be savoring this exquisite seafood delicacy in no time.

Pro tip: Always use the freshest squid possible for the best flavor and texture.

Grilling squid may seem daunting, but fear not! We’ll walk you through the secrets to achieving that coveted tender-crisp texture. The key lies in understanding the delicate balance between browning and overcooking. Squid requires either a quick sear or a long, slow cook – anything in between results in rubbery disappointment.

To master this culinary art, follow these two crucial steps:

  1. Pat the squid thoroughly dry to remove excess moisture, then lightly coat with oil.
  2. Grill over blazing hot coals for a lightning-fast sear.

Ready to dive in? Let’s fire up the grill and bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to your backyard!

Grilled Squid With Olive Oil and Lemon


  • 1 pound whole cleaned squid bodies
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling and serving
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Ignite a chimney full of charcoal. Once the coals are covered in gray ash, spread them evenly over half of the coal grate. For gas grills, set all burners to high heat. Place the cooking grate, cover the grill, and preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate thoroughly.
  2. While the grill heats up, pat the squid bodies completely dry with paper towels. In a medium bowl, gently toss the squid with a light drizzle of olive oil until evenly coated.
  3. Place the squid over the hottest part of the grill. Cook, turning once, until beautifully browned on both sides (about 2-3 minutes per side). Transfer the grilled squid to a serving platter and season generously with salt and pepper. Drizzle with fresh olive oil, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
169 Calories
8g Fat
5g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 169
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 264mg 88%
Sodium 129mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 304mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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