Toyomansi Calamares

Dave Smith


Calamares is the Filipino version of the "Mediterranean breaded fried squid dish", Calamari. There are different methods on how to make this dish; the most usual does not involve breadcrumbs. However, I chose to add breadcrumbs for this recipe for visual appeal and a crunchier texture.

So, what is the difference between Calamares and Calamari besides the spelling? :)
Well, there is no big difference at all. The only difference that I noticed is the dipping sauce. Calamari is often dipped in marina or other tomato based sauce while Filipino Calamares is dipped in spiced vinegar or toyomans.

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15 Min


5 Min


1/2 lb
squid, cleaned and sliced
3/4 c
all-purpose flour
3/4 c
bread crumbs, dry
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
black pepper
2 c
cooking oil


1/2 c
apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp
soy sauce
1 Tbsp
chili pepper,whole

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine squid, salt, and ground black pepper then mix well. Let stand for 10 minutes. Heat a cooking pot the pour-in cooking oil. Dredge the squid in flour then dip in beaten egg and roll over breadcrumbs. When the oil is hot enough 325F, deep-fry the squid until the color of the coating turns brown.

Note: This should only take about 2 to 3 minutes in medium heat. Do not overcook the squid. Remove the fried squid from the cooking pot and transfer in a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve with Toyomansi or Asian dipping sauce.

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About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers
Other Tag: Quick & Easy