Crispy Fried Calamari
These Homemade Crispy Fried Calamari aren’t as hard to make at home as you might think. With just a little bit of flour, salt and squid rings, you’ll be licking your lips in no time. Is there anyone who doesn’t like Fried Calamari? Not that you know of, right?
They are great as an appetizer, or even an entrée with a salad and they are so easy to make. And they don’t take that long to make either.
Your friends and family will love them and they will love you for making these delicious Crispy Fried Calamari.
Did I mention that I have a super healthy version of calamari? Yes, that’s right! So go ahead and substitute fried Calamari with a healthy Grilled Calamari. You won’t regret it. Find the recipe for grilled calamari details here.
Tips and Tricks to Making Homemade Crispy Fried Calamari
Squid vs. Calamari
Umm. Ya, they are two different things. Can you believe it? Squid are alot tougher and cheaper than calamari. By definition they are a different species. However, I think we can all agree that they are virtually the same thing! Both are interchangeable in dishes that call for the other. So don’t panic if you go to the market and can’t find calamari, but can find squid. Just buy the squid and use them in this homemade fried crispy calamari recipe.
Do yourself a favor and buy yourself cleaned squid (calamari). You might even find, cleaned calamari rings in the freezer section at your local grocery store. Buying them already clean means that you don’t have to slave and do the cleaning yourself. You will save yourself at least 30 minutes in preparation.
Cleaning and Preparing Calamari
But if you do get courageous, and you do buy whole squid, do the following to clean them:
- pull the head off
- cut the head off just below the tentacles but above the “eye”.
- keep the tentacles
- discard the eye
- reach into squid cavity and slide out the entails and remove the purple membrane.
Or you can watch this video.
Before You Dredge those Calamari Rings
So you have your calamari and they are clean and ready to go. Stop! Make sure that your calamari are not wet. Particularly, if you have thawed them from the freezer.
Take a paper towel and blot the calamari until all the excess water has been soaked up by the paper towel. This make take more than one paper towel. That’s ok. Make sure that they are fairly dry so that when you dunk them in the egg wash it will stick to the calamari rings . Then when they hit the fryer, the flour coating won’t fall off the calamari rings and you will get a crispy calamari ring.
If you have leftovers, you can store your fried calamari in an airtight container for not more than 2 days. Fried calamari don’t freeze well, they’ll loose their crispiness and just become soggy. Also, the longer they sit as leftovers, the more they taste like the oil you fried them in. Try to consume them the day your make them. And obviously, these crispy fried calamari shouldn’t be made in advance.
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Recipe Details for Crispy Fried Calamari
- Heat up your deep fryer to 180°F degrees. If you do not have a deep fryer, you can use a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of canola oil, just make sure that the oil is at about 180°F degrees, use a thermometer - don't guess.
- Whisk the eggs in a small bowl so that they are well combined. In a medium bowl place the flour and salt and mix with a whisk.
- Make sure that before you start to handle the calamari that they are thawed out completely. Use a paper towel to absorb any water or moisture on the calamari before dipping them in the egg wash. If there is too much moisture on the calamari the egg wash will not adhere to the calamari and ultimately the calamari will not fry up crispy.
- Dip the calamari in the egg wash a few at a time and then transfer them into the bowl of flour, dredging them so that they are covered. If they look like a mess and are clumpy, that's ok, they will fry up crispy.
- Place calamari in oil to fry for about 3 to 5 minutes until golden and crispy. Transfer fried calamari onto a plate covered with a paper towel to soak up excess oil from the calamari.
- Repeat until you have fried all the calamari. Season with more salt if desired and add sliced lemon to spritz at the table if desired.