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Fried calamari with lemon wedges and a side of cocktail sauce.
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Fried Calamari

This fried calamari recipe is tender pieces of squid soaked in buttermilk, then coated in seasoned flour and deep fried to golden brown perfection. A quick and easy appetizer option that's even better than what you'd get at a restaurant!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword fried calamari, fried squid
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 314kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

  • 1 pound calamari rings and tentacles
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika smoked or regular
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Place the calamari in a bowl with the buttermilk and stir to combine.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat 3-4 inches of oil in a large deep pot to 375 degrees F.
  • Place the flour, salt, paprika, pepper and garlic powder in a medium bowl; stir to combine.
  • Remove each piece of squid from the buttermilk and dredge in the flour. Repeat the process until all pieces are coated.
  • Place 8-10 pieces of squid in the oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove the squid from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat the process with the remaining squid.
  • Sprinkle additional salt over the squid if desired, and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 271mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 3mg