Grilled Squid with aromatic Coriander-Mint Pesto


The best way to serve grilled squid. Although, traditionally, I m a huge fan of olive oil and lemon dressing, I love the flavour and freshness of this aromatic pesto with fresh parsley, coriander and mint. Serve it on a platter over fresh greens, like kale, rocket or spinach leaves and you’ve got a definite “wow”!



  • 8 large squid
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the pesto

  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

To serve: About 4 cups mixed greens like kale, rocket, spinach, mustard greens


Prepare the pesto: Put all pesto ingredients together in the bowl of a blender or food processor. Blend on high speed until everything is finely chopped and mixed together. Set aside in a bowl until needed.

Prepare the squid: With a sharp knife cut squid at 1 cm inervals, taking care not to cut all the way through. Mix squid with the olive oil in a bowl.

Heat griil on high. Put squid on the rack and season with salt and pepper. Close the cover of the grill and cook 10 minutes, turning once. Transfer in a heatproof bowl and let squid cool slightly.

To serve: Cover the base of a shallow serving platter with the salad greens. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons pesto. Place the squid on the salad greens. With a pastry brush, brush liberally with pesto, until nicely coated. Serve at once with any left over pesto for your guests to serve themselves.

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