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    Barbecued squid

    In Calabria they use a citrus fruit called a cedro in marinades and dressings, but a sweet lemon or even a sharp mandarin works well in this case.

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes
    • Cooking time: 4 minutes
    • Total time: 29 minutes 30 minutes

    Serves: 6


    • 2 Lemons, juice of 1
    • 1 Mandarin, juice
    • 3 tbsp Clear honey
    • 1 tbsp Dried oregano
    • 7&rac12 tsp Dried chilli flakes
    • 100ml Extra virgin olive oil
    • 500g Squid, cleaned
    • 50g Capers, rinsed and drained
    • 20g Flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, chopped


    1. Quarter 1 lemon lengthways and slice, very finely, into little triangles. Set aside.
    2. Combine the mandarin and lemon juice, honey, oregano, chilli and olive oil to form a dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste, and a pinch of sugar if the lemon is very sharp.
    3. Score the squid hoods with a sharp knife in a criss-cross pattern. Griddle or barbecue the hoods and tentacles until opaque and marked with stripes – no more than 2 minutes each side. Don’t over-cook it or it will be tough.
    4. While it’s still hot, toss the squid with the lemon and honey dressing, sliced lemons, capers and chopped parsley. Season to taste and serve warm.

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