Fried Calamari w/Garlic Mayonnaise Dipping Sauce

1
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.

Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes
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

How to Make Fried Calamari w/Garlic Mayonnaise Dipping Sauce

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.

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About Fried Calamari w/Garlic Mayonnaise Dipping Sauce

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