Kalamarakia (Pan-Fried Calamari Rings)

Make sure not to overcook the calamari rings; they will become rubbery if you leave them in the oil too long.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. corn flour
  • 1 package (1 lb.) frozen calamari, defrosted
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice


  • Put flour and corn flour in clear plastic bag; shake to mix thoroughly. Add calamari; shake in flour to ensure a complete coating.
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add rings and tenticles to oil one by one in a clockwise fashion until pan is full. Keep an eye on the time—at the 2½ minute mark, start removing calamari in clockwise order from your starting point in the pan.
  • Place cooked calamari on paper towels to drain until all calamari has been cooked. Serve immediately. Sprinkle the fried calamari with lemon juice.