Japanese Grilled Squid

Join me as I prepare my Japanese Grilled Squid recipe, the ultimate way to savor the delightful flavors of fresh seafood! Grilled to perfection, this dish showcases tender squid with a zesty lemon twist, served alongside a savory umami miso dipping sauce. It’s a straightforward and delightful treat, making it a must-try dish for seafood lovers!

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

Why I Love This Recipe

My Japanese Grilled Squid recipe offers a quick and delightful way to savor the goodness of fresh squid, rich in lean protein, vitamins, and minerals! Prepare to be amazed as whole fresh squid takes center stage, perfectly grilled and served with my hand crafted Japanese-style spicy miso mayo sauce! The outcome? A delightful combination of chewy yet tender squid texture, complemented by the smoky and umami-filled savory Miso Mayo Sauce that adds a delightful kick!

Whether you’re seeking a main course for lunch or dinner, this recipe is your fail-proof solution to grill fresh squid in your own kitchen, using straightforward, made-from-scratch ingredients. And here’s a little secret just for you! My sauce is a tried-and-true family recipe made right in my kitchen, featured in dishes like Grilled Lobster Tails and Smash Burgers! So don’t miss out on fresh seafood – it’s time to try this incredible recipe now!



  • Squid – best to use whole fresh or frozen fresh premium squid with tentacles. Can be purchased in the seafood department at grocery stores.
  • Mayonnaise – use Japanese Kewpie Mayo. Can substitute with regular mayo but will alter flavor.
  • Miso – awase brown Miso works best.
  • Sriracha – Asian style chill sauce.
  • Lemon Juice – fresh squeezed from lemon wedge.

🦑 Squid Ingredient Note

Use either Fresh Squid or Top-Quality Frozen Squid when preparing this dish.

Japanese style grilled squid calamari sliced into rings served on a cast iron plate with a spicy mayo dipping sauce being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • BBQ Grill


Step 1 Start by blending mayo, miso, and Sriracha.

Spicy mayo sauce.

Step 2 Clean the squid by removing the cuttlebone, ink cartilage, and beak, rinse it under cold water and gently pat it dry with a paper towel.

Fresh squid.

💡 Cleaning Pro Tip

When cleaning squid for this recipe, you can usually use your Hands Only; no knife is needed. If the cuttlebone is stuck on the squid, use kitchen shears to loosen it up.

Step 3 Grill the squid at 350°F. Grill each side for 1.5-2 minutes, or until the meat loses its transparency and takes on a slightly opaque appearance.

Fresh squid being grilled.

🔥 Grilling Squid Pro Tip

The secret to perfectly grilled squid lies in Avoiding Overcooking. Once the meat becomes opaque with a hint of white and is no longer transparent, it’s ready to be enjoyed.

Step 4 Slice the grilled calamari into rings, and serve it with a side of miso mayo dipping sauce and a wedge of lemon.

Japanese grilled squid served with spicy mayo sauce.

Pairing Recommendations

To create a complete meal, serve it with Clam Miso Soup for a rich and savory contrast. A green salad dressed with Ginger Salad Dressing adds a refreshing touch, while a side vegetable stir-fry like Stir Fry Bean Sprouts or Japanese Style Avocado provides vibrant colors and textures to your meal.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of grill works best for this recipe?

You can use gas, electric, or charcoal grill for this recipe.

What type of dipping sauce can I use if I don't like spicy flavors?

If you prefer a milder sauce, you can prepare a non-spicy miso mayo by omitting the sriracha sauce.

Is there a recommended time of year to find the freshest squid?

Squid is often in season during the cooler months, but it's available year-round in many places. The freshest squid can usually be found at local markets, making it accessible throughout the year for your grilling enjoyment.

Storage Tips

Leftovers can be safely stored for 3-5 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, simply reheat in the microwave.

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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

Discover the ultimate Japanese Grilled Squid recipe, a mouthwatering delight packed with flavors. Learn how to grill tender squid with a zesty twist! Perfect for seafood enthusiasts.
4.50 from 26 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: japanese grilled squid, Japanese squid dish
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 106kcal


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


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Japanese grilled squid.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine Kewpie Mayo, Miso, and Sriracha. Mix well, transfer to serving sauce bowl and set aside.
    Ingredients for Japanese grilled squid.
  • Cut optional lemon wedge and set aside.
    Lemon wedge.
  • Prepare squid by cleaning cuttlebone, ink cartilage, and beak. Pat dry with paper towel and set aside.
    Fresh squid.
  • Preheat BBQ grill to 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.
    Fresh squid being grilled.
  • Cut cooked squid into 1/4 inch slice and serve with spicy miso mayo and optional lemon wedge.
    Japanese grilled squid served with spicy mayo sauce.


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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