Friday, December 24, 2010

Fried Calamari

I love fried calamari but this was the first time I've tried making it at home. This was an easy recipe, but make sure to use a candy thermometer to keep a steady temperature for the frying oil. I sprinkled a bit of Old Bay seasoning as they came out of the oil for added flavoring. Very tasty!

Source: Fried Calamari, Giada De Laurentiis


Vegetable oil, for deep-frying

1 pound clean squid with tentacles, bodies cut into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick rings

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons dried parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 lemons, cut into wedges

1 cup simple tomato sauce or jarred marinara sauce, warmed


Pour enough oil into a heavy large saucepan to reach the depth of 3 inches. Heat over medium heat to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Working in small batches, toss the squid into the flour mixture to coat. Carefully add the squid to the oil and fry until crisp and very pale golden, about 1 minute per batch. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the fried calamari to a paper-towel lined plate to drain.

Place the fried calamari and lemon wedges on a clean plate. Sprinkle with salt. Serve with the marinara sauce.

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