This is a quick and simple recipe that will highlight the quality of Blue Sea’s all-natural New Zealand Calamari Tubes and Tentacles.  Depending on your love of garlic we have suggested 3 to 6 cloves.  There is no need to get carried away though, our New Zealand Calamari is caught and frozen on board to lock in the freshness and insure a mild and tender product.

Calamari, besides being delectable, also has some health benefits. It is a good source of protein and contains essential nutrients such as vitamin B12, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. It includes a rare nutrient called Choline, which is excellent for the liver and brain health. Additionally, calamari is low in calories and fat. 



1 lb Blue Sea Calamari Tubes and Tentacles  

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil  

3-6 cloves of fresh, minced garlic, never from a jar  

Lemon Wedges  

Flat Leaf Parsley, cut finely or roughly  

Freshly ground black pepper and Kosher salt, or fine sea salt, to taste  



After thawing out your Blue Sea Calamari Tubes and Tentacles, give them a good rinse in cold water and dry them thoroughly. Then, dry them once more after cutting them into rings. To cut the rings, lay the tubes flat on the cutting board and cut them across between ¾ and 1 inch in width.  

Chop up the garlic. Slice the parsley.  

 Add the extra virgin olive oil to a big pan and heat it medium-high. Calamari and minced garlic are added to the boiling oil and sautéed until the calamari is barely firm. This process doesn’t take too long. (Do not overcook them since the garlic gets bitter and the calamari becomes rubbery).  

 Add salt and pepper to taste and turn off the heat.  

 When serving them, garnish with lemon wedges and chopped flat-leaf parsley.  


Coming home to the enticing aroma of sautéed calamari in garlic and olive oil is like chicken soup for the soul. This dish isn’t just a treat for the senses; it’s delicious, brings many health benefits, and is rich in protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. So, why not delight your loved ones with this sauteed Calamari recipe? Prepare it, and watch its flavors transform an ordinary day into an extraordinary culinary experience. Happy cooking!