Pan-Seared Calamari with Spicy Red Sauce

Serving Size: 4
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  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Pound calamari, tubes cut into rings and large tentacles cut in half
  • 1 Can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, until soft. Add the calamari and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown, stirring frequently.


Add the tomato sauce and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until the calamari is tender. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper before serving.


Recipe courtesy of Robin Takes 5 by Robin Miller/Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2011.