Fried Calamari


Fried Calamari

10 Min

These are every bit as tasty as you'll find in an Italian restaurant, but our version is easy to make at home.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound calamari (squid), cleaned (see Note)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

What to Do

  1. Cut the calamari into 1/2-inch rings, leaving the tentacles intact. In a large resealable plastic storage bag, combine flour, salt, and pepper. Add calamari in small batches and toss until completely coated with flour mixture.
  2. In a large, deep skillet, heat  oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Fry calamari in small batches 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.


  • Buy the calamari already cleaned to make it easier.
  • Serve with a warm marinara sauce for dipping. 
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Sounds good, but be careful not to overcook. Overcooking will make them taste like rubber bands!


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