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Calamari with rice

A one skillet meal which is so easy and flavourful that you'll find yourself making it over and over again.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: calamari, lenten, nistisima, one pan meal, rice
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mia Kouppa


  • 400 grams calamari rings fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parley or basil
  • 1 lemon


  • Rinse your rice and place in a bowl and cover with water.  Set aside.  
  • Rinse and drain the calamari well, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet and fry the calamari over medium-high heat until cooked through. This will take approximately 3 minutes.  With a slotted spoon or spatula remove the calamari from the frying pan and set aside in a bowl.  You will notice that there is some liquid in the frying pan which has been released by the calamari.   Pour all of this liquid into a measuring cup and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the same frying pan and add the chopped onion, garlic and dry oregano.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 - 5 minutes.
  • Drain your rice and add it to the frying pan.  Cook for a few minutes until opaque.  Meanwhile, take the reserved liquid which you saved after frying the calamari and measure it out.  Then, add enough water to reach 2 cups.  Pour this into the frying pan with the rice and then add the tomato sauce. Stir well.   
  • Cover the frying pan and cook over low heat for approximately 15 - 20 minutes.  Check on your rice every 5 minutes to be sure that there is still enough liquid in the pan. If it appears too dry simply add more water, 1/4 cup at a time.
  • After 15 - 20 minutes check the rice for doneness.  When the rice is cooked, add the calamari and parsley, or basil to the pan; stir well.  Cook, covered, for an additional 3 - 5 minutes so that the calamari is heated through.  
  • Before serving, add the juice of 1/2 lemon to the pan.  Stir to combine.
  • Enjoy!