Calamari in Balsamic Reduction

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 30 mins

I had this at a restaurant and ran home to figure out how to make it. It's such a delicious and unusual starter for a meal.


  1. Bring a saucepan 3/4 full of water to a boil.
  2. Add the squid and cook until just firm (about 2-3 minutes)-do not overcook.
  3. Drain and rinse immediately under cold running water.
  4. Drain well and set aside.
  5. In a saucepan over low heat, simmer the balsamic vinegar (stirring occasionally) until it becomes thick and syrupy.
  6. It should reduce to about 1/2 cup or maybe less.
  7. Toss the calamari with the balsamic reduction and serve warm.