Calamari Fritti (Fried Calamari)

April 24th, 2013 by katie

I can’t even tell you.  I can’t even tell you how excited this picture makes me.  I LOVE fried calamari.  There is no natural explanation for this level of excitement and yet here it is.  Yum.  There is just something about the tender rings, crisp and chewy, with a hint of the sea.  And don’t get me started on the creepy crunchy tentacles.  Tentacles!  Warm and salty, with a generous dollop of chunky marinara and a squeeze of lemon-a plateful of fried calamari is one of those special moments.  It’s one of those perfect, lazy weekend snack-meals.  Like a bottle of wine and a platter of amazing cheese.  Feel free to whip up a garlicky mayonnaise or serve these with a sweet Thai chili sauce but I love them alongside a big bowl of marinara-like a perfectly al dente pasta or a crusty bread. 

Fried Calamari

serves 2-4, prep 10 min, cook 15 min
  • 1 lb frozen calamari (tubes and tentacles!), thawed under running water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for frying
  • lemon wedges
  1. Cut calamari tubes into 1/2 inch rings if necessary.
  2. In a large pot, heat several inches of oil over medium high heat.  If using a thermometer, heat oil to 350ºF.
  3. Mix flour, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper together.
  4. Toss calamari in flour mixture until well coated.
  5. Fry calamari in batches until golden brown and crisp.  About 1 minute per batch if your oil is hot enough.
  6. Drain on paper towels.  Sprinkle each batch with salt while hot. Serve with lemon wedges and marinara or aioli.
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10 Responses

  1. Amy | Club Narwhal

    You read my mind! I love fried calamari but have never tried making them at home. You have given me some confidence and I can’t wait to try this!

  2. jeri

    I try not to fry at home, but I am clearly going to be breaking that rule very soon. I can tell by the photo that you have nailed fried calamari. And thank you for addressing the salting immediately and the lemon. Restaurants should take note.

  3. Bonnie

    How can I Pin a recipe w/o Following you on Pinterest. I don’t see a Pin button on your page?

    I do not have a Pin button at this time but Pinterest allows you to “Add a Pin.” Simply put the URL for the post in the address bar and then select “Find an image.” Enter your comments and it will be Pinned. Thank you for your interest in Pinning this recipe! -katie

  4. Jerry | Simply Good Eating

    As I look at those wonderful pictures with envy, I am craving so some now! Thanks for sharing this post :)

  5. Biz

    Come football season, my hubs is going to be very happy I will have this recipe in my back pocket – love it!

    I can’t do the tentacles, but I do the tubes!

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