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Grilled Calamari Steaks with Olive and Bean Salad

Serves 4

Total Time
30 mins

Big, meaty calamari steaks are sweet and mildly flavored, so they benefit from the bold, salty flavors of olives, anchovies, and capers. You'll find the steaks--we like those from large Humboldt squid--in the frozen seafood section of your grocery store. This seafood dish packs in a salty, citrusy flavor that is exquisitely complemented by hearty white beans and fresh herbs on top. We paired it with the Zocker 2014 Paragon Vineyard Grüner Veltliner.

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 1 can (14 oz.) white beans, rinsed and drained
 3/4 cup mixed olives, such as Castelvetrano and kalamata, drained, rinsed, pitted, and chopped
 1 celery stalk, diced
 1 green onion, chopped
 1 anchovy fillet, minced
 1 garlic clove, minced
 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
 2 tablespoons capers, drained, rinsed, and chopped
 1 teaspoon red chile flakes
 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
 1 1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
 3 tablespoons lemon juice
 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 4 calamari steaks (5 oz. each), thawed
 1 lemon, quartered
Step 1

Heat a grill to high (450° to 550°). Meanwhile, make olive salad: Combine beans, olives, celery, green onions, anchovy, garlic, parsley, capers, chile flakes, 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper, the lemon juice, and 4 tbsp. oil in a medium bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.

Step 2

Brush calamari all over with remaining 1 tbsp. oil and season with remaining 1 tsp. each salt and pepper. Grill over high heat (covered if using gas) until grill marks form, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook on other side until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 3

Serve steaks with olive and bean salad, with lemon wedges on the side.

Step 4

Wine pairing: Zocker 2014 Paragon Vineyard Grüner Veltliner (Edna Valley; $20).

Nutrition Facts

Servings Serves 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 376Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g34%

Saturated Fat 2.8g14%
Cholesterol 331mg111%
Sodium 885mg37%
Total Carbohydrate 19g7%

Dietary Fiber 4.7g19%
Protein 25g50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.