Portuguese Tender Stewed Squid • Caldeirada de Lulas


Ahhh also known as “caldeirada de lulas”, this is a very typical Portuguese seafood dish, it’s a super simple recipe, you just need good ingredients, squid, flavorful spices and just let it slowly cook with the tomato, garlic, onions… it always comes out perfect… or should I say perfection! ;D

Traditionally, “caldeirada de lulas” was made by fishermen, who used the catch of the day to create a hearty and nourishing meal. Over time, the recipe has been refined and perfected, resulting in a dish that’s become an important part of Portuguese culinary culture. It’s a comfort food that’s enjoyed year-round, whether it’s on a chilly winter day or a warm summer evening.

This is one of those dishes that is surprisingly simple, but creates a really rich dish… perfect example of Mediterranean comforting food, perfectly tender ;D I served it with rice, but you can cook the stew with potatoes or serve with roasted veggies, pasta or even mashed potatoes, let’s check the recipe!

Portuguese Tender Stewed Squid • Caldeirada de Lulas

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Normal
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Portuguese squid stew is a delicious dish from Portugal, its basically squid slowly cooked over low heat with a hearty and flavorful tomato broth with spices, garlic, onions and herbs like parsley or cilantro.


  • Rice – 1 Cup
  • Butter – 1 Teaspoon
  • Squid – 300gr (+/- 8 Small or 4 Large)
  • Onion – 1
  • Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Red Peppers – 1
  • Tomato Pulp – 150ml
  • Beer – 1 Small Beer (Mini Sagres Beer, Lager Beer)
  • Paprika – 1 teaspoon
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Parsley – A pinch
  • Olive Oil – A pinch
  • Pepper – A pinch
  • Salt – A pinch


  1. Start by sautéing in a large frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil, add the onion and finely chopped garlic, and cook until the onion is nicely browned.
  2. Then add the tomato pulp, the chopped red bell pepper, paprika, bay leaf, salt and pepper, cook for about 10 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the squid, you want these cleaned and sliced into round strips, then add to the pan with the beer, cook over medium low heat until the squid are tender, taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning.
  4. For the rice, pour the rice in a small pan with a dash of olive oil, fry a little, then add a pinch of salt and cover with 2 cups of hot water, bring to a boil, then cover and drop to low heat, when tender, remove from heat and season it with a teaspoon of butter.
  5. When ready to serve, taste the sauce again and add a little chopped parsley (or cilantro), mix, and it is ready to be served with the rice, bon appétit.
Notes: You can change the paprika with a Portuguese paste known as “massa de pimentão”, soy sauce or even worcestershire sauce.

This recipe for Portuguese Tender Stewed Squid • Caldeirada de Lulas was originally created on BakeAfter.com. Esta receita de Lulas Guisadas à Portuguesa foi publicada em português no Iguaria.com.


Per Serving: 228 calories; 6 g fat; 26 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein.

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