19 Replies to “The perfect recipe for tender and delicious fried calamari!”

  1. While this may seem like a simple recipe, you’d be surprised how easy it is to overcook fried calamari. Most people don’t know the secret as to how to tenderize the calamari the night before cooking so that it comes out perfect and with even more flavor.


    * The desired amount of calamari, cleaned and cut (I usually make about 1 kg each time, it goes quick!)
    * About 10-15 lemons
    * 4 cups of frying flour
    * Deep frying oil
    * 2 tbsp corn starch (optional)
    * 1 cup of milk/buttermilk
    * 2 tsp salt
    * 1 tsp pepper
    * 1 tsp smoked paprika
    * 1 tsp Red pepper flakes (optional)
    * Fresh chopped parsley


    1. Put all of your cleaned calamari into a large bowl. Squeeze about 5-10 lemons (depending on their size) into the bowl of calamari. Cover with plastic and leave in the fridge overnight.
    2. The following day, take the calamari and rinse off any excess lemon juice. Then, replace the calamari in the same bowl and pour milk/buttermilk until they are fully submerged. Cover with plastic and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
    3. While waiting, take a bowl and mix your flour with your seasonings. If you like a bit of a kick, use some red pepper flakes. Add corn starch for that extra crispiness.
    4. Take your calamari from the fridge and *individually* dredge each piece in your flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Set them aside for frying.
    5. Preheat your frying oil to 375 degrees F, either in a pot or deep fryer no more than half full.
    6. Fry your calamari for no more than 2-2 1/2 minutes until golden brown. Drain excess oil using paper towels 
    7. Let cool and serve with your chopped parsley and remaining lemon juice to taste.

  2. I loved fried seafood and Fried calamari is one of my favorites one.This recipe seems yummy but if you serve it with tartare sauce then it makes a perfect delicious dish.

  3. Hell yes! I review calamari but bc of Covid I haven’t gotten to try new places. This is an opportunity for me to make my own! Looks great 👍

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