Fried Calamari

Lillian Russo


This is a recipe I make usually every Christmas! I serve it with marinara sauce. The smaller the squid the more tender (less chewy) they are...also don't over fry them or they will become tough.

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45 Min
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2 1/2 lb
squid, cleaned and sliced into rings
2 large
cloves of garlic-crushed
1 c
flour-seasoned with 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. baking powder and 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
2 c
or more-plain breadcrumbs-i use 4c brand
corn oil-for deep frying


1Mix all dry ingredients together, include crushed garlic, but do not include breadcrumbs.
2Then add enough water to make a slightly thick batter. Mix thoroughly.
3Dip the calamari rings into this batter, then dip into the plain (unseasoned) breadcrumbs.
4Deep fry (in small batches) for 1-2 minutes at about 375*F. Do not over cook or they will be chewy.
5I always serve this with homemade marinara sauce!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish, Seafood Appetizers
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy