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Moroccan grilled squid for a perfect diet

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Adjust Servings:
2 pounds (about 1 kg) Fresh squid cleaned
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh cilantro leaves
Lemon wedges

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Moroccan grilled squid for a perfect diet


A succulent and flavorful Moroccan grilled squid recipe that transports you to coastal realms with its oceanic delights.

  • 28 min
  • Serves 4
  • Medium


  • Fresh cilantro leaves

  • Lemon wedges



Moroccan grilled squid is a beloved dish that embodies the coastal culinary traditions of Morocco. With its vibrant flavors and tender texture, this recipe is a delightful representation of the country’s rich seafood culture. In Morocco, you can often find this dish being savored during lively beachside gatherings, family celebrations, or even as a special treat at local seafood restaurants.

Imagine strolling along the picturesque Moroccan coastline, where the scent of grilled seafood fills the air. As the sun sets over the azure waters, locals and visitors alike gather around open-air grills, eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Moroccan grilled squid. The squid, marinated with a harmonious blend of Moroccan spices, sizzles on the grill, releasing enticing aromas that beckon you closer.

In Morocco, you can enjoy this delectable dish at seaside restaurants, where it is often served as a main course or part of a seafood feast.

Picture yourself seated at a charming coastal eatery, taking in the sights and sounds of the ocean while relishing the tender squid infused with the flavors of Morocco. Paired with a side of couscous, fresh salads, and a squeeze of lemon, the Moroccan grilled squid offers a memorable dining experience that embraces the coastal essence of this captivating country.

Whether you find yourself exploring the vibrant markets of Marrakech or basking in the coastal beauty of Essaouira, make sure to indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Moroccan grilled squid. It’s a dish that captures the spirit of Moroccan cuisine and allows you to savor the ocean’s bounty in a truly unforgettable way.



Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.


Prepare the squid by rinsing it under cold water and removing the innards, beak, and transparent "quill" from the body. Pat the squid dry with paper towels.


In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to create a marinade.


Place the cleaned squid into a shallow dish and pour the marinade over it. Toss the squid gently to ensure it is evenly coated. Allow it to marinate for about 15-20 minutes to absorb the flavors.


Once the grill is hot, lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking. Alternatively, you can use a grill pan if you prefer.


Remove the squid from the marinade and shake off any excess. Place the squid on the grill and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until it turns opaque and has grill marks. Be careful not to overcook the squid as it can become tough.


Transfer the grilled squid to a serving platter. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for added flavor and presentation.


Serve the Moroccan grilled squid immediately with lemon wedges on the side. The citrusy freshness of the lemon pairs well with the flavors of the marinade.


Enjoy your delicious Moroccan grilled squid!

Note: You can adjust the spices and seasonings according to your taste preferences. Additionally, you can serve the grilled squid with a side of Moroccan-style couscous, a fresh salad, or your favorite dipping sauce.

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The owner of themoroccanfood.com is a passionate individual with a deep love for Moroccan cuisine. Hailing from Morocco, this dedicated individual created the website as a platform to share the vibrant flavors and diverse dishes of Moroccan culinary heritage with a global audience.

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