Fried calamari is a delicious seafood appetizer or snack made with deep fried squid that’s sliced into rings and coated with a flour mixture. It is popular in many restaurants and fine dining rooms all over the world. “Calamari” is a Latin term which is related to deep fried squid. In the Philippines, locals call this “calamarez.” There are many methods and variations to this dish. These range from making the batter like tempura to the application of a simple coating of seasoned flour. This recipe is so simple and easy to do.
Cleaning the calamari can take a lot of time, especially the process of removing the membrane. Previously, I had a difficult time removing the skin, until I accidentally found the netiquette. After that, everything went smoothly. If there’s squid already cleaned in your supermarket, it’s easier to get that.
Frying the calamari usually takes a couple of minutes. If you cook it longer, it will become rubbery. When I serve it to visitors, I often prepared a lemon mayonnaise sauce for dipping. It’s really simple and goes perfectly with the dish. But you can serve it without dipping sauce or use your favorite one. To make it crispy and fresh, I recommend serving it hot with lemon wedges.
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- 2 large size squid
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- vegetable oil for frying
- lemon wedges for garnishing
For lemon mayonnaise:
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 garlic cloves crushed
- Servings: 2-3
- Time: 30 minutes
- Level: Easy
- Cuisine: American, Italian
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- Clean the squid and remove the tube and skin. Pat it dry and cut into rings.
- In a small resealable container or Ziploc bag , add in the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir or shake until it’s nicely combined.
- Place the squid in. Shake it until it’s coated well. Remove the excess flour by placing the squid in a colander.
- Heat the oil in a deep pot. You can test the oil by dropping some flour in. When it sizzles, it’s ready. Carefully place the squid in, and fry it, in batches, until it’s golden brown. This will take about 2 minutes.
- Remove the squid and set it aside in a platter lined with paper towel.
- Combine the sauce ingredients in small bowl. Mix until it’s well combined.
- Serve the squid with lemon wedges and the lemon mayonnaise dip on the side. Enjoy!