Seaside Delight: Calamari Ripieni

Embark on a coastal culinary journey with "Seaside Delight: Calamari Ripieni," where the sea's freshness meets the warmth of home cooking. This dish features tender calamari tubes meticulously stuffed with a flavorful blend of breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, and Parmesan, with a delicate hint of lemon zest and capers. 

The calamari is then gently cooked to perfection, offering a symphony of textures and tastes that evoke the spirit of the Mediterranean.

photo-realistic image of Calamari Ripieni, showing the golden-brown stuffed calamari on a white ceramic plate, garnished with lemon slices and fresh parsley, accompanied by a side salad and white wine, with a coastal Italian village in the background

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Number of Servings: 4
  • Ideal Serving Size: 2 stuffed calamari per person

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: Approximately 320 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Fiber: 1g


  • Calamari Tubes, cleaned: 8 pieces (approx. 400g)
  • Breadcrumbs: 100g
  • Fresh Parsley, chopped: 15g
  • Garlic, minced: 10g
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese: 50g
  • Lemon Zest: 5g
  • Capers, chopped: 10g
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 30g
  • Salt and Pepper: to taste
Seaside Delight: Calamari Ripieni

Method of Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  1. Combine breadcrumbs, parsley, garlic, Parmesan, lemon zest, capers, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Stuff each calamari tube with the mixture and close with toothpicks.
  3. Place in an oiled baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes until the calamari is golden and cooked through.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Do not overstuff the calamari to prevent bursting during cooking.
  • Keep an eye on the calamari to ensure it doesn't become rubbery.
  • The stuffing can be personalized with additional ingredients like chopped shrimp or anchovies.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Q: Can I grill the calamari instead of baking? A: Yes, grilling on medium heat can add a smoky flavor, but be careful to not overcook.
  • Q: How can I tell when the calamari is done? A: The calamari should be firm to the touch and the stuffing should be golden brown.
  • Q: What are the best sides for this dish? A: A simple salad, crusty bread, or a light pasta complement the flavors well.