Squid, samphire & pea salad

A seafood salad using dressed calamari rings and samphire, a green coastal plant that tastes of the ocean

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 6
  • More effort

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 243
  • fat 15g
  • saturates 6g
  • carbs 7g
  • sugars 2g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 20g
  • salt 0.8g


  • 400g fresh peas, podded
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • juice 1 lemon, plus wedges to serve
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 medium squid, cleaned (ask your fishmonger to do this) and cut into 5cm strips, leaving tentacles whole
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 100g samphire
  • 85g bag watercress
  • 1 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the peas and cook for 3 mins until tender. Drain and leave to steam-dry.

  2. Tip the shallot into a bowl with 1 tbsp lemon juice, olive oil, squid and lots of black pepper. Toss everything together and leave to sit for a few mins.

  3. Meanwhile, place a frying pan over a medium heat. When the pan is hot, pour in the dressed squid. Cook for 3-4 mins, moving it around the pan until the tentacles curl up and the squid pieces turn opaque. Add the butter, samphire and peas, toss together for a few mins, season well and remove from the heat.

  4. Scatter the watercress over a large serving dish. Tip over the squid, peas and samphire, strew with the parsley, add a squeeze more lemon juice and eat warm, with lemon wedges.

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