Thursday, June 3, 2010

Fried Calamari

Lately I have had such a craving for fried calamari that I went on a downtown mission to find fresh calamari. I looked through many fried calamari recipes and finally created my own recipe. I did not include a marinara sauce but have included a link to Emeril Lagasse's marinara sauce.

1 pound (16 oz) fresh or frozen squid rings
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup flour (I use 100% whole wheat flour)
Vegetable oil for frying (I use refined canola oil)
salt and pepper for seasoning
lemon juice of 1 to 2 lemons

Beat the eggs and mix together with the buttermilk in a bowl. Add the salt and pepper. Soak the calamari in the buttermilk mixture for about 20 minutes. Fill a large pan no more than half way with oil and heat to 375* F. Put the flour in a bowl. Remove the calamari from the buttermilk mixture and toss in the flour and coat it completely. Carefully add the calamari in batches (do not overcrowd the pan) to the hot oil and fry until the coating is crisp and golden. Remove the calamari to paper towels to drain and season with more salt and pepper and squeeze some lemon juice over the calamari.

I love lots and lots of lemon juice!

Serve it with a fresh green salad and vegetables.


All images taken by me


  1. Ooh that looks totally delish. I love fried callo's too. x

  2. Hi Lauren...yes it was delish....and I didn't think about the calories!

  3. LOVE them! Now I want a plate, right now ;)
    Wishing you a lovely day, Ingrid. xx

  4. Thanks Saskia! I wish I could give you a plate right now! Ixx

  5. Fried calamari is one of my favorite all time appetizers. For some reason, I'm afraid of making them at home. Isn't that silly? Once I get over my fear, I'll have to try this recipe.

  6. Dear Christine.....Calamari is easy to make and I know you will do a great job of making it! Ixx

  7. Carissima Ingrid, MAGNIFICIENT and soooo typical mediterranean receipe!!!!!!!
    (May it be that there are some Mediterranean in your Family-History?)

    Fried "three men" would walk miles for them....; and this under the burning sun..!!!!

    Cara Ingrid, you did a gorgeous demonstration and the last photography just invites so lovely to sit to the table and enjoy! Wonderful!!!

    Tuscans love fried seafood; precicely the way how you prepared the Calamari; the Ladies visit early in the morning the fishermarket and choose the fish freshly;( a real spectacle!!)

    ciao ciao cara Ingrid! elvira

  8. Dear Elvira
    Thank you....thank you!!! Yes, our ancestors are from France, UK and somewhere there must be some Mediterranean roots! I would love to visit an Italian fish market one day and do it like the Tuscans do it! We watch documentary films of traveling in Europe and I must are looks like a real spectacle! I assume you visit the fish market as well..right??
    Ciao, ciao Elvira....Love Ingridxx

  9. ......sooo charming of you to respond on the comments, cara Ingrid......!
    I have to re-respond on your lovely answer: oh; I am certain the France-roots have been close to the Mediterranean sea........!

    You know; I do not have to go down to the port where the fisher-market takes place....!
    A lovely Fisher-Lady comes up to our little village on the hill; just 10 min. drive from the sea.....and carries in a special "Fish-Car" the best, freshest seafood into the "market place" of the tiny village....and I take the bike from our home and pedal 8 min. down to the village...and Dinner will be certainly fresh grilled Fish!
    ciao ciao carissima Ingrid

  10. Dear Elvira

    Oh my goodness...your life sounds like a wonderful story in a movie!! Wow, I can just see you pedal on your bike down to the village buying fresh fish....what a privilege!! Fresh fish for dinner.....Wonderful!!!
    Ciao, ciao!! Ixx

  11. Your food looks wonderful, I`m sure it tastes good also.
    You got my taste buds going... Yum! Yum!


  12. This looks so good...wish I could come over and have a plate of it with you! Yummy recipe! :D

  13. Thanks Julie..yes, it is a pitty you are so far away! IXX

  14. Mmm, I know what we'll have for lunch one afternoon in July...!

  15. are right! Can't wait Ronell...I am so excited!!! Ixx



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