Fried Calamari

Fried Calamari

Not only was the fried calamari excellent, she served it with a lemony aioli sauce and a side of fresh cut lemon that was divine. I’ve always dipped in tartar sauce or marinara sauce, but this sauce was light and added to the experience.

I provided fresh lemon and she had already prepared the lemony aioli. I had a small fry baby cooker she used and Jennifer’s station was the hit of the party. The trick when frying was to prevent overcrowding in the fryer and only prepare a small amount at a time.


Fried Calamari Recipe



1 lb calamari, bodies sliced into ½ inch rings, tentacles left whole
1½ cup buttermilk
1 cup flour
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp red chili flakes
oil for frying
chopped parsley for garnish
lemon wedges to serve

Lemon aioli:
⅓ cup mayonnaise
zest and juice of 1 lemon
dash of Tabasco
salt and pepper to taste


Fried Calamari Recipe


  • Step 1

Prepare lemon aioli by whisking together mayonnaise & Tabasco. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 2

Soak calamari in buttermilk for 20-30 minutes. Preheat frying oil to 350 degrees F.

  • Step 3

Combine flour with seasonings from paprika – red chili flakes. Dredge calamari in seasoned flour, tossing evenly to coat.

  • Step 4

Carefully drop a handful of the calamari into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.

  • Step 5

Remove with slotted spoon and transfer to a paper lined baking sheet.

  • Step 6

Repeat with remaining calamari. Sprinkle parsley on top. Serve with lemon wedges and lemon aioli.


Fried Calamari Recipe

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