Perfect Calamari

    20 min

    The perfect recipe for calamari. Squid is sliced into rings, dredged in seasoned flour and deep-fried until cooked through and crisp. Serve as a appetiser, starter or with a main course.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 750ml vegetable oil
    • 4 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 12 squids, cleaned and sliced into rings
    • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for garnish

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Preheat oil in a heavy, deep frying pan or pot. Oil should be heated to 180 degrees C.
    2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together flour, salt, oregano and black pepper. Dredge squid rings in the flour and spice mixture.
    3. Fry the squid rings for 2-3 minutes or until lightly brown. Try not to overcook the squid, otherwise it will be very chewy. Drain on kitchen towels and serve with lemon wedges.

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    Take quite a while to prepare for absolutely worth it !! I added 1/2tsp of chilli for a bit of a kick...  -  21 Nov 2010


    I am from Spain and one thing you must add to this recipes is 1/2 Tbs of Superfinly chopped Garlic (or galic powder will do just fine too) and 1/2 Tbs dried parsley. It adds the true spanish flare to this classic dish. Do this and this recipes will be well over 5 stars. Make some Aioli from this site and WOOOHOOO, mouth watering goodness awaits your taste buds  -  29 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was one of the best Calamari recipes I've used - and easy! The key to tenderness is to NOT overcook in the oil - even if it does't look quite as golden brown as you like. Just follow the recipe exactly. I served the calamari with the "Best Marinara Sauce Yet" recipe and homemade tartar sauce. A green salad completed this dinner. This recipe is another reason why I choose's 5* recipes - just delicious!  -  08 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)