Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fried Calamari

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.

Fried Calamari
Adapted from Food network: Giada De Laurentiis

Ingredients
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.

Directions
  1. Pour enough oil into a large saucepan.  Heat over medium heat to 350┬║F. 
  2. Mix flour, parsley, salt and black pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Working in small batches, toss the squid into the flour mixture to coat.
  4. Add the squid to the oil and fry until crisp, about 1 minute per batch.   
  5. Transfer the fried calamari to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
  6. Place the fried calamari on a serving plate.
  7. Sprinkle with salt.
  8. Serve with dipping sauce.

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