Stuffed squid recipe | Greek calamari gemisto recipe - The Hellenic Deli Calamari gemisto recipe a wonderfully delicious dish and is often eaten during the Greek Orthodox Lent when squid, olive oil, and wine are permitted

calamari recipe

Stuffed Squid - calamari gemisto

This magnificent dish is a wonderful way of serving calamari and offers an authentic taste of Greece.

It is simple to make and is a feast for your senses!

calamari recipe


  1. 1 kilo calamari, cleaned, skinned and washed. Remove the tentacles and finely chop them, keep for the stuffing
  2. 3 large onions, sliced
  3. 4 heaped tablespoons finely chopped dill
  4. 6 heaped tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  5. 2 tablespoons sultanas
  6. 150g washed white rice
  7. 1 tin puree tomatoes
  8. Salt and black pepper
  9. 100 ml olive oil
  10. 1 - 2 cups dry white wine

  Preparation time: 1 hour        Cooking time: 1 hour


In a frypan add half the olive oil and sauté the onions over a medium flame until soft.

Add the tentacles and continue sautéing until the tentacles change colour.

Add the sultanas, herbs, salt, pepper, rice and approximately 2/3 cup of the white wine.

Mix well; allow the rice to absorb all the liquid and set aside.

Once cooled; stuff the calamari with the rice mixture (but not all the way to the top to allow room for the rice to expand).

Place the stuffed calamari into a saucepan carefully forming a spiral (the tail of one calamari should be lightly placed into the top of another so as the filling doesn’t spill over).

Cover with the remaining olive oil; add 1 cup of white wine and just enough water to cover the calamari.

Cook over a low flame, after approximately 20 minutes add the tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking until the calamari are soft and tender and the sauce has thickened.

If all the liquid has evaporated and the calamari need to be cooked some more, add some water to the saucepan and continue cooking.

* Select largish calamari in order to be able to stuff them with sufficient filling.

*Most important is the way in which the calamari are placed in the saucepan ensuring that the filling doesn’t spill out of the casing.

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