Calamari Tacos with Salsa Naranja

Calamari Tacos

Now that I had a fresh batch of the salsa naranja or orange salsa it was time to use it in something and first up was some calamari tacos inspired by Kogi BBQ . Up until I heard about these tacos, I had never even thought about using calamari in tacos and I was immediately enchanted by the idea! The calamari is marinated in a citrus, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and chili powder marinade before being quickly seared at high heat to cook them without turning them rubbery. The tacos are then assembled in corn tortillas with an onion and cilantro relish , a healthy helping of the sweet and spicy orange salsa along with some more sesame seeds and cilantro for garnish. I was a bit surprised by how well the calamari worked in these fresh and tasty tacos and I can easily see them quickly becoming a summer favourite!

Calamari Tacos

Calamari Tacos with Salsa Naranja

Calamari Tacos with Salsa Naranja

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 4

Seared, citrus, soy and ginger marinated squid served in corn tortillas with sweet onion and cilantro relish and a tasty orange salsa.

  • 1 1/2 pound squid, sliced
  • 1 orange, juice
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 thumb ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder or gochugaru (Korean chili pepper flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 12 corn tortillas, lightly toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups onion and cilantro relish
  • 1 cup salsa naranja
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  1. Marinate the squid in the orange juice, lime juice, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and chili powder for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the squid and saute until cooked, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Assemble tacos with the squid on the tortillas topped with onion and cilantro relish, salsa naranja and toasted sesame seeds.


Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a great choice of fillling! Those tacos must be so scrumptious.



mireia badia said...

That looks really amazing!!

Joanne said...

I don't know how I'd feel about the chewiness of calamari in tacos but it sounds like an intriguing idea! I love the salsa you put on it. Citrus with calamari is great!

Kathleen Richardson said...

Kevin, I've never eaten calamari, only have seen it on display in the supermarket. You're tempting me with all these good flavors. You have the best ideas. I like that you are always open to trying new foods and new twists to familiar foods.

Iris said...

What a great idea! Will have to try calamari tacos soon.

anniebakes said...

I LOVE calamari and think this a great idea that I would never have thought about, thanks Kevin! anne

zeldamac said...

I can't wait to make this, I love calamari!

zeldamac said...

I can't wait to make this, I love calamari!

rhea said...

I can't wait to make this, I love calamari!

Culinary Cory said...

Nicely done. I love the orange flavor with squid. Yum!

LP @ dishclips said...

It's Tuesday and I'm certainly craving tacos. Thanks for sharing!

Nupur said...

a real treat , both for tongue and eyes .. love the clicks :)

Anca said...

i just loved calamri..great recipe

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