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fried calamari with lemon and dipping sauce
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Calamari Fritti ( Fried Calamari )

My all time favorite guilty pleasure appetizer: calamari fritti ( fried calamari recipe ). Serve with marinara and fresh lemon slices.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Calamari Fritti, Fried Calamari
Servings: 8 people
Author: Marianne


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 lb calamari tubes and tentacles pen removed and tubes cut into ½" rings
  • 1.5 cups AP flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt plus extra for sprinkling post-fry
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • frying oil enough to fill your cooking pot at least 2" deep with oil


  • Combine the milk, hot sauce, and calamari in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to tenderize the calamari.
  • Drain off the milk, but do not pat the calamari dry. The residual milk will help the flour stick.
    Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl or bag. Toss the calamari in the flour until it is completely coated.
  • Pour the oil into a large, heavy bottomed pot and bring it to 340°F.
    I HIGHLY recommend you use a candy/oil thermometer for this. If you don't have an oil/candy thermometer, you can pick one up at any grocery store or from Amazon.
  • Prepare a draining area by laying down several layers of paper towels on a cookie sheet, and have salt ready next to it for sprinkling.
  • Shake off any excess flour from the calamari, and in batches, place it into the 340°F oil. Cook for 3 minutes.
    Make sure each piece has enough room to move about as it fries. Crowding the pot will result in under-browned and soggy fried calamari.
  • Remove the fried calamari from the oil and place on the paper towels you prepared earlier. Sprinkle with salt.
    Repeat until all calamari is cooked.