Japanese Grilled Squid

Tender grilled calamari squid with a homemade spicy mayo dipping sauce.  This easy recipe is healthy and perfect for squid lovers!

Ever wonder how restaurants manage to make the perfect tender squid without it tasting rubbery or too fishy?

This easy recipe will teach you how to do just that in under 10 minutes!

Japanese style grilled squid calamari sliced into rings served on a cast iron plate with a spicy mayo dipping sauce.

What is Japanese Grilled Calamari Squid?

Japanese grilled calamari squid is a very simple dish.  Squid is grilled on a barbecued or broiled in the oven.  Then it is sliced and dipped in a spicy mayo sauce.  That’s it!

What ingredients are needed to make this Japanese grilled squid recipe?

  • Premium Squid
  • Mayo
  • Miso
  • Sriracha Hot Sauce
  • Lemon Juice or Lemon Zest

What kind of squid should I use for grilling on the BBQ?

Whole fresh squid with the tentacles or fresh frozen works the best.

What is the nutrition information for a whole squid?

  • Calories 50
  • Protein 9g
  • Fat 1g
  • Carbohydrates 1.5g

Japanese style grilled squid calamari sliced into rings served on a cast iron plate with a spicy mayo dipping sauce.

Is there a marinade for Japanese style grilled squid?

Traditionally in Japan, squid is not marinated but rather grilled and served with a dipping sauce.

Should I season the squid with salt, black pepper or garlic powder before grilling?

For a Japanese style grilled squid, there is no need to do so as all the flavors will come from the BBQ and dipping sauce.

Is grilled squid calamari healthy?

Squid is a very healthy food to add to any diet.  Not only is squid low in carbs, but it’s also high in protein and contains vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B-12, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and copper.

All these essential nutrients aid in the performance ad healthy blood cells, ones and the immune system.  So with all these health benefits, there’s no reason not to get in the kitchen and make this dish.

Did you have any tips on making this grilled squid calamari recipe?

  • Use high quality fresh frozen squid or prepared squid tubes.
  • BBQ on high heat and don’t overcook.  Once it’s slightly opaque, it’s ready.
  • It’s best to use a gas grill to control heat, but charcoal grill will work as well.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley or seaweed flakes for better presentation.

Japanese style grilled squid calamari sliced into rings served on a cast iron plate with a spicy mayo dipping sauce, top down angle.

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Now, let’s get making this Japanese Grilled Squid recipe!

  • Prepping Time 2M
  • Cook Time 8M
  • Total Time 10M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~3g
  • Servings 1-2

Ingredients

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) In a small mixing bowl, combine Kewpie Mayo, Miso, and Sriracha.  Mix well, transfer to serving sauce bowl and set aside.

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3) Cut optional lemon wedge and set aside.

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4) Prepare squid by removing cuttlebone, ink cartilage, and beak.  Dry with paper towel and set aside.

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5a) BBQ – heat grill on very high and wait until grill temperature is at least 350F.  Transfer squid to BBQ, cover and cook for 1.5-2 minutes or until meat becomes slightly opaque.  Rotate squid, cover and cook the other side for 1.5-2 minutes.

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5b) Broil – set oven on broil.  Line oven tray with aluminum foil and place squid on a cooking rack to allow dripping.  Arrange rack so it is 6-7 inch away from heating element.  Cook squid for 2-3 minutes or until meat becomes slightly opaque.  Rotate squid and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes.

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6) Cut cooked squid into 1/4 inch slice and serve with spicy miso mayo and optional lemon wedge.

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Hope you enjoy your Japanese Grilled Squid Calamari!

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Japanese style grilled squid calamari sliced into rings served on a cast iron plate with a spicy mayo dipping sauce.

Japanese Grilled Squid

Tender grilled calamari squid with a homemade spicy mayo dipping sauce. This easy recipe is healthy and perfect for squid lovers!
4.64 from 19 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: grilled squid, seafood appetizers
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 106kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole Squid
  • 2 tbsp Kewpie Mayo
  • 1/2 tsp Miso
  • 1/4 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 Wedge Lemon optional

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Japanese BBQ Calamari with Spicy Miso Mayo Recipe (1)
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine Kewpie Mayo, Miso, and Sriracha. Mix well, transfer to serving sauce bowl and set aside.
    Japanese BBQ Calamari with Spicy Miso Mayo Recipe (21)
  • Cut optional lemon wedge and set aside.
    Japanese BBQ Calamari with Spicy Miso Mayo Recipe (6)
  • Prepare squid by cleaning cuttlebone, ink cartilage, and beak. Pat dry with paper towel and set aside.
    Japanese BBQ Calamari with Spicy Miso Mayo Recipe (22)
  • BBQ - heat grill on very high and wait until grill temperature is at least 350F. Transfer squid to BBQ, cover and cook for 1.5-2 minutes or until meat becomes slightly opaque. Rotate squid, cover and cook the other side for 1.5-2 minutes.
    Japanese BBQ Calamari with Spicy Miso Mayo Recipe (24)
  • Broil - set oven on broil. Line oven tray with aluminum foil and place squid on a cooking rack to allow dripping. Arrange rack so it is 6-7 inch away from heating element. Cook squid for 2-3 minutes or until meat becomes slightly opaque. Rotate squid and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes.
    Japanese BBQ Calamari with Spicy Miso Mayo Recipe (23)
  • Cut cooked squid into 1/4 inch slice and serve with spicy miso mayo and optional lemon wedge / drops of Yuzu.
    Japanese BBQ Calamari with Spicy Miso Mayo Recipe (14)

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Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 5mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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