Fried Calamari w/Garlic Mayonnaise Dipping Sauce

Nancy Vargas

By
@kaddykitty

My family loves this recipe as it beats anything they can order in a restaurant. It is light, crispy, not greasy and packed with suttle yet notable flavors.


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Rating:
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Serves:
2-3
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

1/4 lb
calamari (tubes & tentacles)
2 Tbsp
cornstarch
2
egg whites
1/2 tsp
pepper
3/4 tsp
salt
1
grated garlic clove
2-1/2 c
panko bread crumbs
1/2 c
canola oil

CALAMARI TOSS

1/4 tsp
red pepper flakes
1
garlic clove (chop)
2 stalk(s)
celery(inner yellow slice)
1/2
lemon(cut lengthwise into half moons)

DIPPING SAUCE

3/4 c
mayonnaise
1
garlic (large, grate)
1 Tbsp
italian parsley
1/2 tsp
lemon juice, maybe more

Step-By-Step

1Wash calamari and dry well with paper towels.

2Whisk egg whites, cornstarch, grated garlic, salt and pepper until foamy.

3Dip calamari into mixture, shake off excess and dip and coat with panko bread crumbs. Sit in frig for about 20 minutes.

4Heat oil to 350 degrees in small skillet or use deep fryer.
Fry calamari until golden (about 1 minutes), drain on paper towels and sprinkle with a little more salt. Can keep warm in 180 degree oven on a rack with door ajar until ready to add to Toss.

5For Calamari Toss, saute pepper flakes and chopped garlic in a little oil for just a little bit(30 seconds). Don't burn garlic. Add sliced celery and saute about 1 minute. Add lemon (sliced moons) at end and saute for about 20 seconds and remove from heat. Toss with
finished calamari.

6For dipping sauce - Combine mayo, grated garlic, Italian parsley and lemon juice. Place on a small bowl to the side of the calamari.

7Finish with a little lemon zest over the top - OPTIONAL.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free