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Fried Calamari

Fried Calamari

The other day when I was at the fishmongers I noticed that they had some calamari or squid. I had been wanting to try calamari for a while so I picked some up immediately. As luck would have it the calamari was already cleaned up, so there was less work for me. Whenever I have seen calamari it had always been served fried so I decided to go with fried calamari for the first time. I kept it simple and dredged the calamari in a simple mixture of flour, salt and pepper. Making the fried calamari was as easy as making french fries. The calamari was nice and crispy on the outside and warm and moist and slightly chewy on the inside. I quite enjoyed the texture and chewiness of the calamari. I served the fried calamari with some tartar sauce and some slices of lemon. I wonder what other things I can use calamari in?

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound calamari (cleaned and cut into rings)
oil for frying

Directions:
1. Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a bowl.
2. Dredge the calamari in the flour.
3. Fry the calamari in the preheated 357F oil until golden brown, about 2 minutes.

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66 comments:

Jan said...

I love calamari, but I confess I have never made any myself. I recently had some at a local restaurant and they served it fried with a Chinese style black bean dipping sauce, it was excellent. Yours looks super, too.

Lina said...

mmmmm calamari! yours looks so yumm

HoneyB said...

I have never had calamari. I don't know if I could eat it unless someone told me it was something else...just a head thing, ya know? In any case, it look edible! LOL. Who knows, maybe you could get me to eat it!

Gloria said...

Kevin, this is yummy,yummy love them!!! and look fantastic, Gloria

Bridgett said...

I love fried calamari! Yours looks wonderful, as usual.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Kevin I love calamari! And yours look so good, just like the ones from nice spanish bars, or maybe better! I also enjoy the chewy texture!

OhioMom said...

Looks really yummy! I bought a seafood medley at my grocer that had calamari, octopus, crab, pollock and mussels.

I made a simple sauce of butter, garlic, herbs and sourcream, added the seafood medley ... and served over pasta. Just another idea for calamari :)

Lulu Barbarian said...

Yay, Kevin's joined the calamari club! It looks like you did a great job with it! I've got a recipe for squid cooked in wine, if you're interested. (Linked in my name.)

Esi said...

That looks good. I want to try making calamari at home, but have no idea how to cut it up (I think dissecting one in highschool has scarred me). Luckily, you were able to find it mostly prepared.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

For this specific preparation, you can make a fried calamari po' boy! =)

Other calamari usages:
grilled - mediterranean-style with olive oil and lemon juice
grilled - asian-style, like those served in Japanese restaurants

You can also braise it in a tomato-based sauce.

Or, another Chinese dish is "salty peppery" fried squid (that's what it's usually translated as). Usually, the squid are cut differently; that is, they're not in rings. They're fried then garnished/sprinkled with chile peppers and garlic.

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

Crispy outside of calamari is worth dying for! I totally love this!

Peter M said...

Nicely done Kevin...It's great to see you're getting more confident with frying.

Dragon said...

I love calamari. Yours looks great. I tried to prepare calamari once. I was cleaning the squid and couldn't finish. I kept gagging. I'm such a wuss. :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Hi Kevin, Well you know Italians love calamari, we love to dip it in a warm marinara sauce. I like to buy them already cleaned too! Looks great!

Bruno said...

Your calamari looks great! You might try adding some (fried or grilled) to a salad with a tangy vinaigrette - it's excellent.

cakebrain said...

you don't have to go out to eat anymore kevin...you can do it all at home! fresh calamari is so good! i like it with tzatziki sauce myself! or sometimes the chinese way--deepfried with fresh sliced chili, garlic & szechuan peppercorns...

redmenace said...

You are daring. I've always been scared to cook calamari because I don't want to be disappointed. You're an inspiration. As always.

noobcook said...

I love love love fried calamari! I love eating stir fry calamari in sambal sauce too

cindy* said...

this looks nice and crunchy. beautiful color too!

Steph said...

If anyone can come up with a creative way to use calamari in another dish, it is you!

Melanie said...

How impressive is that!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with for other creative calamari dishes...

redforever said...

There is a lovely little Italian restaurant near me and whenever I go there, I absolutely must have 2 items on their menu. One is their
zuppetta di pesce, mussels, shrimp & scallop steamed in a spicy tomato garlic cream broth.

The other is an appetizer, calamari sauteed with bell peppers, hot banana peppers, onions and lemon and served with zesty tomato sauce on the side. You might want to think of something like this for calamari Kevin, since you do like hot peppers!!!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Following another beautiful plate of food, great calamari ideas in the comments as well!

Paula said...

Oh yum! My entire family loves calamari. Outstanding recipe!

Jan said...

I love calamari - I had it when I was in Greece. Yours looks great Kevin.

Peabody said...

You keep making me want fried food as of late. And I love me some calamari!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

My all time favorite, Kev! Well done!

Grace said...

squid makes me squeamish, but deep-frying will fix that pretty quickly. :)

Manggy said...

You read my mind! I've been aching to make these for a looong time now! :)

Zita said...

look very crisp!!! great... u can use it also for paella, or japanese friters "tempura" or just saute with butter and garlic...yum...yum...endless posiblities :)

Emiline said...

This is the only way I've eaten it, so I think you made the right decision. How can you beat fried food? You can't.

Greg said...

Hmmm, I haven't tried fried calamari at home before. I like it with a light bread crumb crust - panko crumbs would be great. I just had some fantastic calamari in an Italian restaurant in Providence last week. It was served with a marinara and sliced pepperoncinis. To die for. You should google Calamari Pizza.

Lori said...

I like it when it's nice and crisp like that!

Olga Berman said...

This is one of my favorite foods as an appetizer. I just had it at Zaytinya in DC on Saturday: but I've never made them myself. They'd also be good with a spicy mayo concoction

Cheryl said...

Wow that looks devine! I dont like Calamari much but I would eat that!

Emily said...

That looks delicious! I've never attempted calamari but you've inspired me to give it a try. My favorite restaurant version tosses the fried calamari with pepperoncini rings and some balsamic vinegar - tangy and spicy!

Thanks for sharing your cooking adventures!

Robin Sue said...

Clamari is also nice stuffed and cooked in red sauce (pasta sauce). I love it fried the best though. I always order it out at Maggianno's for my birthday. Yours looks really great.

Sharon said...

It took me 20+ years, but I can safely say that I now love calamari. Beyond fried, I love calamari in a cioppino.

Michele said...

I love that you don't really use batter; battered squid is one of my biggest peeves.

This weekend I had an amazing squid/pasta dish at a restaurant, which I blogged about here: http://finefuriouslife.com/2008/07/19/fregola-freak/

I have no recipe, but it's basically a Sardinian pasta called fregola + all the ingredients in caponata except the eggplant + calamari rings. SO delicious, I recommend it.

noble pig said...

Yeah calamari that is already cleaned up is a treat..so much less work. This looks wonderful.

Leslie said...

I love calamari! Try putting it over some fresh baby greens!! YUM

Deborah said...

I've only had calamari once, and didn't really care for it. Maybe I should give it a try again, and make it myself!

amandalouden said...

Looks fabulous! I love calamari. Its one of those dishes like fish and chips that I love-love but typically don't eat anymore. Oh the good old days when I used to be able to enjoy greasy food. :)

Patsyk said...

I love calamari with a nice marinara sauce for dipping... yum!

cakewardrobe said...

Nothing beats the goodness of fresh calamari! yum!

Jenny said...

I can't believe I've never had calamari, but I bet it's delicious by the looks of yours!

J for Kitchen Confit said...

Yum! I love calamari. Your photo looks great!

We Are Never Full said...

if it's already cleaned, there's absolutely no reason to not make it - it's extremely versatile. Fish stew, rice or sausage-stuffed calamari, frito misto di mare, grilled calamari (my favorite way to eat it) with a spicy or citrus sauce, fried calamari sandwich (spanish treat), ceviche...

the possibilities are endless!

Anonymous said...

this looks fucking disgusting

Katie said...

My first taste of calamari was at an Italian restaurant when I was little. A friend of my parents said "I'll tell you what it is after you taste it." I liked it so much that I didn't care that I was eating squid!

DocChuck said...

Having been born and raised in Texas, calamari was not something that was ever on our menu.

However, I have tried it in recent years and really like it when it is fried (such as you prepared it).

I still don't think I am ready to eat squid when I can see the thing in its regular form, however. LOL

Jeena said...

Perfect calamari recipe Kevin those rings look so tempting. :-)

Natasha said...

I love love love calamari. The key with calamari is not to overcook them, as they'll become too chewy. You can stuff them as well if you find some whole ones. You can also use them grilled in salads. Cleaning them is fairly easy, nothing to worry about.

Sylvia said...

I love calamari, specially fried. But i agree with who said that calamari don´t be chewy. The key is not overcook. To be your first time looks so well

Pam said...

I love fried calamari! I've never attempted to try it myself though! You are completely fearless in the kitchen!

cookinpanda said...

This is one of those simple yet very important standbys. There are few treats as good as fried calamari!

Jude said...

I'm not always fond of cleaning squid but it's always worth if I'm making this.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks great, calamari is also good grilled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top of a salad.

Pam said...

I love, love, love calamari but have been afraid to make it at home - not anymore! It looks fantastic Kevin.

ChichaJo said...

When we made that paella was my first time to clean calamari/squid! :) I have to try this soon...yours looks perfect! Although fried calamari is also popular here, another common way of eating it over here is grilled (stuffed with a mixture of chopped tomatoes and onions) and served with a dipping sauce of soy sauce and calamansi (our local lemon/lime) :) We also use squid in adobo :)

diva said...

love calamari! always. calamari bap, kevin. fried calamari, tartar sauce, lemon juice, bit of ketchup if u fancy it in a lovely fresh bap! mmmm.

Bobby said...

Interesting, I have never had calamari before. This looks really good.

Jeanne said...

One of my exs' moms used to soak her calamari tubes in crushed tinner pineapple overnight to tenderise - and damn, she used to make tender fried calamari! Don't miss him, but I do miss her calamari!

You can also try making a calamari risotto - which reminds me, I made one and never posted it! Gotta try and dig it out...

kimberleyblue said...

Calamari is the best - yours looks really good. Yum!

soraver said...

You might be interested in filling it with some rise, tomato, peppers, onion etc. there are too many recipies for these things in Greece (i mean rise stuffed vegitables and calamari style fish).

(i found one recipe in english :D http://www.greek-recipe.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article150 )

guam girl said...

fried calamari also taste good as well wit marinera sauce wit tabassco and squeezed lemon thats also a good dipping sauce

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