Calamares al Ajillo

Garlic Squid

Preparation info

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Appears in

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

By Patricia McCausland-Gallo

Published 2004

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This is a great way to cook a quick and elegant meal for family or friends using calamari. Enjoy this dish any day with freshly baked bread.


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 3 teaspoons minced parsley, plus more for garnish
  • ¾ pound clean squid rings, fresh or frozen but not precooked


  1. Place butter into a small sauté pan over low heat. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and cook on low for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the sherry and parsley; continue cooking for 2 minutes more.
  3. Increase the heat to medium and add the squid, sauté in the sauce for about 55 seconds—no more than one minute. They turn from glossy grayish white to completely white in color and their consistency changes from jelly-like to harder and rounder but not tough.
  4. Sprinkle with more parsley if desired and serve with bread to pick up the sauce.