Calamari in Tomato Sauce (Calamari Pomodoro)

Nothing compares to the rich, tangy, and aromatic flavor of a smooth and delicious Italian tomato sauce. 

Did you know that đźŤ… Pomodoro, the Italian word for tomato, means «Golden Apple» (Pomo d'Oro)? So, let’s get luxurious with this exquisite Calamari in Tomato Sauce recipe, crafted by our âś¨golden Chef, Norma Berrios for Panamei’s #FeastoftheSevenFishes đź¦‘🇮🇹

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  • 2lb Panamei Squid Rings (Calamari), thawed
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, finely chopped
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, lightly crushed
  • 4 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Can (14oz) Tomatoes, peeled, and crushed
  • 2 Dry Bay Leaves
  • 6 Fresh Basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ½ Tbsp Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup White or Sherry Wine
  • Fresh Parsley, chopped

Calamari In Tomato Sauce


In a deep pan, heat oil to medium and sauté the onion for about 1 minute; add the garlic and mix well. Add the Italian seasoning, the bay leaves, and the tomato paste (diluted with a Tbsp water). Continue cooking and constantly stirring.

Stir in the crushed tomatoes, sugar, basil, and ½ cup wine; season with salt and pepper and cook in medium-low heat for about 12-15 minutes. 

Add the rest of the wine and the Squid Rings (Calamari); cook for 3 minutes and then remove the calamari from the sauce with a slotted spoon, set aside.

Adjust seasoning if needed and continue cooking until it thickens. 

Serve the Calamari mixed with the sauce in a large bowl —family style— Garnish with chopped parsley. 

Tip: Enjoy this sauce over pasta or with a side of bread. Buon Appetito!


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