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Squid with spinach – Καλαμαράκια με Σπανάκι

3 comments Jan 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Fish, Recipes

Currently is probably the best time to eat fish and seafood in Greece. During the summer months when the country is flooded with tourists the quality of the fish goes down and the prices go up.
The best time for squid is now in winter and the people on the islands might even have the time to go and catch some themselves. So it happens that the neighbors might make you a little present and give you some squid.

Of course you could fry the squid but that is not necessary. This recipe with fresh spinach is healthy and easy to cook.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

difficulty: easy


  • 35 oz squid
  • 25 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 12 fl oz white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • good olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Dice the onion and fry it in a large pan with some oil. After a few minutes add the chopped garlic. Fry lightly.

Meanwhile remove the head from the squid. I do not use the head for cooking but I use the tentacles. Cut the squid into rings and put it into the pan. Fry for some minutes then add the wine and the bay leaf. Now let the squid simmer for 40 minutes until it is tender. Add some liquid if necessary.

Wash the spinach well. Cut the big leafs. When the 40 minutes have passed, add the spinach and cook it for another 10 minutes with the squid. Season with salt, pepper and some olive oil.


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  1. I love Mediterranean cuisine from different countries. I am from Morocco so I tend to cook Moroccan a lot but I also love Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern. I love this preparation of squid. It sounds and looks delicious!


  2. That sounds great Tobias! I was just thinking I hadn’t made kalamarakia in quite a while. And my chidlren love squid. It goes great with spinach. Lovely, simple, flavorful presentation here.

  3. Sounds good, that is a dish that I have never heard of before.

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