fried calamari w/garlic mayonnaise dipping sauce

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By Nancy Vargas
from Sierra Madre, CA

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.

serves 2-3
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For fried calamari w/garlic mayonnaise dipping sauce

  • 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
    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
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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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