Fried Calamari w/Garlic Mayonnaise Dipping Sauce

Nancy Vargas


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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20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


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

  • 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)

  • 3/4 c
  • 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


  1. Wash calamari and dry well with paper towels.
  2. Whisk egg whites, cornstarch, grated garlic, salt and pepper until foamy.
  3. Dip calamari into mixture, shake off excess and dip and coat with panko bread crumbs. Sit in frig for about 20 minutes.
  4. Heat 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.
  5. For 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.
  6. For dipping sauce - Combine mayo, grated garlic, Italian parsley and lemon juice. Place on a small bowl to the side of the calamari.
  7. Finish 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

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