Deep-Fried Calamari

This dish is often served with cocktail sauce, a spicy or garlicky mayonnaise, or a remoulade sauce.

Serves: 3Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 1 hour 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 3

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. frozen calamari, cleaned
  • ¼ cup fine cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 quart canola oil

Directions

  • Thaw the calamari. Slice off the tentacles. Slice the tubes into ½"-wide rings. Pat dry with paper towels. Combine the cornmeal, cornstarch, Old Bay seasoning, and the salt in a plastic bag. Add the calamari to the bag and shake till coated evenly.
  • Preheat oven to 175°F. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet in the middle of the oven. Place the oil in a fryer over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, carefully add a handful of calamari pieces. Cook for 2–3 minutes or until they’re lightly golden brown.
  • Remove the cooked calamari with a fryer basket or wire skimmer and place on the wire rack to drain.

Recipe Information

Serves: 3

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. frozen calamari, cleaned
  • ¼ cup fine cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 quart canola oil

Directions

  • Thaw the calamari. Slice off the tentacles. Slice the tubes into ½"-wide rings. Pat dry with paper towels. Combine the cornmeal, cornstarch, Old Bay seasoning, and the salt in a plastic bag. Add the calamari to the bag and shake till coated evenly.
  • Preheat oven to 175°F. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet in the middle of the oven. Place the oil in a fryer over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, carefully add a handful of calamari pieces. Cook for 2–3 minutes or until they’re lightly golden brown.
  • Remove the cooked calamari with a fryer basket or wire skimmer and place on the wire rack to drain.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories560
Total Fat32g
Saturated Fat3g
Cholesterol350mg
Sodium460mg
Total Carbohydrate15g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars0g
Protein49g