Crispy Fried Calamari

Oct 11, 2022 | Dips, Pescatarian | By aquastar


Not just a restaurant special! Bring this mainstream dish home to your table. Wild caught, tender calamari rings and tentacles, coated in seasoned flour and quickly fried to golden perfection. Squeeze with fresh lemon juice and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


Calamari Rings & Tentacles

Calamari Rings & Tentacles

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  • 1 lb Aqua Star Calamari Rings & Tentacles, thawed according to package directions
  • ½ Tbsp salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Oil for frying (grapeseed recommended)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

To make


In a medium bowl, stir whole milk with ½ Tbsp of salt. Add calamari rings and tentacles to the milk mixture, tossing to coat, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Place a large colander over a bowl or sheet pan. In several batches, using tongs, take a portion of calamari rings and tentacles from the milk mixture and toss into the flour mixture, coating evenly. Place the coated calamari in the colander to shake off excess flour. Repeat this step with the remaining calamari.

Heat a large skillet or pot with oil (about 1" deep at 350°-365° F). Without crowding, cook the calamari in batches for 2—3 minutes or until golden brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer calamari to a paper towel lined tray or wire rack and immediately season with salt and pepper, repeat this step with the remaining calamari.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice over crispy calamari and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

To test oil temperature drop one calamari ring into skillet or pot, if the oil bubbles and the calamari starts to float, the oil is ready.

A Romesco sauce or tangy aioli are a wonderful compliment to Fried Calamari.