Grilled Calamari with Warm Tomato Vinaigrette & Erdinger Weissbier

Grilled Calamari with Warm Tomato Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy of Chef and Beer Sommelier Tonia Wilson . Wilson’s interest in food and beer pairing flourished while living and working in Brussels. She is a certified Beer Sommelier and regular contributor to the LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine, where she writes about food and drink. 

Erdinger Weissbier

This dish is a great springtime dish as it is light, yet full of vibrant flavour. Purchase the calamari already cleaned to keep things simple.

1 ½ lb (700 gr) cleaned calamari (squid), or 8 pieces

½ tsp (2 mL)  chili flakes

1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice

1 tsp (2 mL) lemon zest, finely grated

1/4 cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh garlic, finely chopped

¼ cup (60 mL) Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped (not from a can)

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tsp (5 mL) sugar (optional)

1 tbsp (15 mL) white or red wine vinegar

Salt to taste

  1. Pat calamari tubes and tentacles dry with paper towel, score the calamari 3 times on each side, making sure to not cut right through. In a bowl toss the calamari together with the chili flakes, lemon juice, lemon zest, a good pinch of salt and 1 tbsp of the oil. Refrigerate for 2 hours to marinate.
  2. Meanwhile in a medium pan heat the rest of the oil over medium heat, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the olives and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, sugar and a pinch of salt. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until the tomatoes are softened and most of the liquid has reduced, about 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and parsley, reseason if necessary and set aside until calamari is ready.
  4. Heat oiled grill to high, carefully place tubes and tentacles on grill. Let cook for 4 minutes before turning over and grilling another 4 minutes.
  5. Place cooked calamari on a platter, gently warm the tomato vinaigrette and place over top.

Tip: serve with some fresh greens and crusty bread.

Serves 4 as a light lunch or appetizer.