Calamari skewers

These calamari skewers are the perfect appetizer to start off a summer dinner party. The Padrón peppers add a fun touch and I love the garlicky aioli.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 25 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 1028 / Protein 37g / Carbohydr. 14g / Fat 90g

Ingredients (2 servings)

4 clovesgarlic (divided)
1chili (divided)
15 gparsley
20Padrón peppers
4 tbspolive oil
3lemons (divided)
2egg yolks
1 tbspmustard
250 mlvegetable oil
vegetable oil for frying


frying pan, fork, citrus juicer, 2 large bowls, fine grater, skewers, whisk, cooking spoon, cutting board, knife, small bowl

Wine Tip

Moscato bianco
This aromatic white wine has mild acidity and decent sweetness to balance out the spice of the chili. It is best enjoyed quite young.

Step 1

Calamari skewers

Finely chop garlic, chili, and parsley. Pit and peel avocado and cut into cubes.

cutting board, knife

4 cloves garlic / 1 chili / 15 g parsley / 1 avocado

Step 2

Calamari skewers

Cut calamari into bite-sized pieces.

8 calamari

Step 3

Calamari skewers

In a large bowl, combine Padrón peppers, calamari, olive oil, half of the chili, and one quarter of the garlic. Zest and juice some of the lemons and add lemon juice and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to marinate.

citrus juicer, fine grater, large bowl

20 Padrón peppers / 4 tbsp olive oil / 2 lemons / salt / pepper

Step 4

Calamari skewers

To make the guacamole, add avocado cubes to a small bowl and mash with a fork. Squeeze in another portion of lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. And remaining chili and stir to combine. Set aside.

fork, small bowl

0.5 lemon / salt / pepper

Step 5

Calamari skewers

To make the aioli, mix together egg yolks and mustard in a large bowl. Slowly pour in oil while whisking continuously. Then add remaining garlic, squeeze in last portion of lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Stir until well combined and set aside.

citrus juicer, large bowl, whisk

2 egg yolks / 1 tbsp mustard / 250 ml vegetable oil / 0.5 lemon / salt / pepper

Step 6

Calamari skewers

Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add calamari and pepper mixture and sauté until calamari is browned and pepper skins are charred.

frying pan, cooking spoon

vegetable oil for frying

Step 7

Calamari skewers

Assemble on skewers, alternating peppers with calamari for a nice presentation. Enjoy with guacamole and aioli!