fried calamari with two dipping sauces

★★★★★ 1
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By Monica Keleher
from Methuen, MA

Living in New England we are spoiled to have some great fried seafood stands but they can be pricey so I thought about trying it on my own. This recipe is fantastic! And the dipping sauces really take it up a notch! Hope you love it as much as we do. Thanks Monica

★★★★★ 1

Ingredients For fried calamari with two dipping sauces

  • 2 c
    buttermilk
  • 1 lb
    calamari rings
  • 1 tsp
    srirachia sauce
  • 2 c
    flour
  • 1 tsp
    paprika
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3
    eggs
  • canola oil for frying
  • FOR THE TOMATO BASED SAUCE
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1
    small onion chopped
  • 1-2
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    capers and a bit of the juice
  • 1 can
    diced tomatoes
  • few pinches red pepper flakes
  • 2
    anchovy fillets, or anchovy paste
  • handful italian parsley roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c
    kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp
    tomato paste
  • lemon
  • OLD BAY AIOLI SAUCE
  • 1 c
    mayonnaise
  • 1
    lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp
    dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp
    sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp
    old bay seasoning
  • handful italian parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make fried calamari with two dipping sauces

  • 1
    in a bowl add the buttermilk, sriracha, and calamari and let soak for up to 4 hours in the fridge
  • 2
    in a bowl combine the flour, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika and mix together.
  • 3
    In another bowl beat the eggs
  • 4
    get your deep fryer to 375 or a pan of oil
  • 5
    remove the calamari from the buttermilk.
  • 6
    dip the calamari in the egg and then into the flour mixture and shake off extra. Add the coated calamari to the oil and cook until golden brown. Remove and place on a paper towel or wire rack
  • 7
    To make the tomato olive dip. add olive oil to a sauce pan and add the onions and garlic, red pepper flakes and cook for a few minutes.
  • 8
    add the tomato paste, anchovies, olives, canned tomatoes and capers and let cook about 20 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • 9
    add the parsley and some lemon juice to taste.
  • 10
    For the old bay aioli dip Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve Super easy! Super delicious!

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