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Butter Garlic Squid

A Keto Seafood Special

Butter and Garlic is a match made in heaven. I often like to throw that on a steak but there is something special about the way it pairs with seafood. I’ve already made Keto butter garlic prawns on the show. That hasn’t stopped me from making today’s recipe. Butter Garlic Squid. My fisherwoman (a lady who goes door to door selling seafood) got me some fresh calamari and I just new I had to cook something with it. I pondered for a while whether I should do something Indian but I realized I’d already done a black pepper squid recipe. I’d also made a pesto calamari salad and also used squid to make a Keto spaghetti and meatballs recipe.

I didn’t have too many ingredients at home. After rummaging through the cupboards a bit I decided, what the heck, I’ll make butter garlic squid. Anyway, enough jibber jabber. Let’s cook.

Did the barbecue work?

As you might have watched in the episode I cooked one of the squid heads and the wings on my stove top barbecue. It definitely gave off a smoky aroma whole cooking but that didn’t really translate to the final dish. I cooked it about 70% of the way on the stove and then just finished it off in the butter garlic sauce. Personally I couldn’t tell the regular ones from the smokey ones. I think it’s probably more suited to some kind of a different recipe. So I’d say just skip that part of the recipe when you make it.

Keto Butter Garlic SquidNutrition Info (Per serving)

  • Calories: 271
  • Net Carbs: 7g
  • Carbs: 7g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Fiber: 0g

This recipe makes 2 servings. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.

Now I looked online quite a bit and it seems squid does have carbs in it. I’m not sure how or why. I did find this article that I thought was quite helpful to understand. I personally don’t care about the carbs from shellfish. If you do then I’d say you can safely eat a smaller portion or skip it completely.

Keto Butter Garlic Squid

Butter Garlic Squid

Butter Garlic Squid

A delicious seafood appitizer
3.66 from 58 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine General
Servings 2 servings


  • 250 grams Squid
  • 50 grams Salted Butter I recommend this one
  • 20 grams garlic
  • 5 grams Spring Onion
  • 5 grams Parmesan cheese
  • 3 grams Coriander
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • a squeeze of Lemon Juice


  • Chop the spring onion and set aside the green part for garnish at the end. Chop the coriander finely as well. Mince the garlic and cut the squid into rings.
  • Season the squid with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Heat the butter in a frying pan along with the garlic, coriander and spring onion white and middle.
  • Let it cook on a medium heat till the garlic starts to brown.
  • Turn the heat to the highest and add in the squid.
  • Give it all a good mix and cook for 2-3 minutes till the squid is fully cooked.
  • Grate some Parmesan cheese over it, give it a mix and squeeze some fresh lemon juice as well.
  • Garnish with the spring onion greens and serve.
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  1. You are awesome, I just found you and will keep following; love your dad there too! I tried your coconut bread and if I was still hungry I would do the squid (with frozen squid though…) right now;

  2. I followed this and the only thing I changed is I marinated the squid in a lemon ponzu sauce before. Turned out killer, used the leftover garlicy fat for artichokes. Thanks!

  3. What is “middle” in instruction #3? Is it lime juice or lemon juice? I might make a single serving of this for christmas eve, because i can’t have the breading the rest of my family is having. I’m nervous though. I’ve never had calamari without breading! I also can’t have garlic, so I’m not sure how it’s going to taste LOL

    1. Honestly either of them will be fine it’s just for that hit of citrus. Also if you don’t like or can’t have garlic you could use a shallot instead or a tiny bit of onion. Will add another layer of flavour and trust me will be delicious without the breading as well.

      1. Thank you, I can’t have onion or shallot either. Any other suggestions? I really want some calamari, but can’t risk and IBS flare up.

  4. Cumin! That sounds wonderful!!! I ended up making a breading of equal parts almond flour and pork rinds. It was really good, but I’m still printing this recipe to try.

  5. Sahil, in Spain we make something called “Roman calamari” and it’s sooooooo good! It’s calamari dipped in egg, and flour and then fried. We usually eat this as what we call “Tapas” with some home made mayo. Also I like to squeeze some lemon juice on them too. You should try a keto version of this. You will not regret it. I promise.

  6. Just bought your cookbook and this is the first recipe I made. Delicious and easy!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

  7. Hi Sahil. I made this last night, 1 lb. of thaw calamari, the rest the same. What a delicious dish. I dont know how many servings, but my husband and I ate it all in one sitting. We still talking about it. Today Im going to attempt to make keto fried calamari with another pound already defrosting in the fridge. Thanks a million👍

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