We order fried calamari once in a while when we go to a restaurant. Because of the high levels of cholesterol in squid, I am not so keen on making it at home.
Yesterday I felt that I had an urge to make it, thinking that treating ourselves occasionally with something that is not considered healthy shouldn't hurt. So I looked up recipes of fried calamari on the internet and noticed that most of them are quite similar. The basic ingredients are flour, salt and pepper. I decided to go with the one from Giada De Laurentiis on the Foodnetwork channel. I made my own dipping sauce, simply a mixture of 1 tablespoon of mayo and 1 tablespoon of sour cream. For a bit more flavor, I also added some dried parsley and chives to the dipping sauce.
Adapted from Food network: Giada De Laurentiis
1 lb clean squid cut into 1/3”to ½” thick ring
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons dried parsley
Pinch salt and black pepper
2 lemons, cut into wedges – I didn’t serve with lemons
Marinara sauce – I made a different dipping sauce.
- Pour enough oil into a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat to 350ºF.
- Mix flour, parsley, salt and black pepper in a large bowl.
- Working in small batches, toss the squid into the flour mixture to coat.
- Add the squid to the oil and fry until crisp, about 1 minute per batch.
- Transfer the fried calamari to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
- Place the fried calamari on a serving plate.
- Sprinkle with salt.
- Serve with dipping sauce.