Homemade Fried Calamari

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Homemade Fried Calamari

Homemade Fried Calamari
  • 2lbs frozen or fresh calamari tubes and tentacles
  • 1 gallon blended oil for frying
  • ½-3/4 cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon, cut into halves
Serving size: 4

Vic shows you how to make fried calamari at home for your friends and family. A few simple tricks make this recipe simple, clean, and easy!

Serves 4 people


1. Defrost and clean calamari, separating the tubes from the tentacles . Cut off wings and be sure tubes have no cartilage remaining inside.

Cleaning Calimari

2. Once calamari is clean, cut calamari tubes into thin, even ribbons. Cut tentacles in half.

Cutting Calimari

3. Put 1 gallon of blended olive oil into 8-quart or larger pan, and heat on stove-top  at high heat.


4.Put flour into a heavy-duty brown paper bag with salt and pepper to taste.


5.Add sliced calamari to bag and shake enthusiastically. Have fun!

Coating Calimari

6.When oil is hot, test it with a pinch of flour. If oil bubbles, then the oil is hot enough.

Flour and oil

7.Rip open bag and carefully add calamari to the hot oil. Note: When you add calamari to the oil, it will make the oil bubble and increase the likelihood of coming out of the pot. Please use caution.


8.After all of the calamari is in the oil, use a spider to keep calamari submerged. Cook for approx. 1-1.5 minutes or until crispy and browned.

Calimari in Oil

9. Remove calamari from oil and place on paper towel or brown paper bag to absorb excess oil.


10.Immediately put calamari on serving plate, season with pinch of salt and pepper, garnish with fresh half lemon.


11.Open a bottle of acidic Italian white wine and enjoy!

By | 2017-12-27T05:04:55+00:00 July 15th, 2013|Episode 2, Recipes, Season 1 Recipes|0 Comments

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