Just 100 grams of this funky-looking seafood contains 16 grams of protein and only 92 calories , which puts it on par (nutritionally speaking) with options like tilapia and lobster. It’s full of selenium, a mineral that helps keep your immune system in check; copper (95% of your DV), which helps the skin heal from wounds; and vitamin B12, which keeps nerves and red blood cells healthy.

Squid tastes similar to scallops, so if you’re a seafood junkie you shouldn’t be surprised by its flavor. “Look for clear eyes when you’re buying it, as with any fish, and there shouldn’t be a fishy smell,” says Ruth Frechman, R.D.

When you cook it, you want it tender, not chewy—throw it in rapidly boiling water for a minute and then dump it into ice water.


  • 1 lb Calamari, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • ½ cup Olives
  • 1 Spritz lemon
  • 1 Spritz lime
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil (for dressing)
  • Parsley for garnish


  1. For the salad: Coat calamari with oil and season to taste with spices. Add to a skillet and cook over medium heat until squid turns opaque.
  2. For the dressing: Add all ingredients to a shaker cup and shake until mixed well. Drain dressing over cooked squid and serve.
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