What Does Calamari Taste Like? Calamari meat is firm and sometimes chewy (it should never be rubbery, however). The taste itself is mild and slightly sweet. Calamari’s flavor is somewhat hard to pin down, as the tender meat readily absorbs spices it’s marinated in.

Calamari doesn’t have a very “fishy” taste. It’s known for its firm, mildly sweet flesh, and chewy texture. Sometimes, it can have a subtle nutty flavor. While it may be somewhat bland on its own, calamari can soak up any flavors of the sauces, seasonings, and other ingredients it’s cooked with.