My mom always cooked this recipe when I was a kid: deep fried calamari. This is one of our family's favorite foods. Simple yet very delicious.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse and drain squid well. Pat squid dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salt on squid.

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  • Put flour and a few squid in a small paper or plastic bag. Shake the squid rounds in the bag until coated. Remove squid and place more in the sack to coat.

  • Heat oil in a medium size frying pan over a high heat. Fry the calamari in the oil until golden brown and crispy. Drain the calamari on paper towels. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

453.1 calories; 30.9 g protein; 24.8 g carbohydrates; 423.1 mg cholesterol; 545.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2004
This is definitely a old family tradition of mine as well to make Calamari and it is always a winner. It takes very little time to make and it could be used as a meal or an appetizer. WONDERFUL recipe!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/30/2007
This was the worst Calamari I've ever had. There was no taste at all and they were loaded with oil and the flour was just oo heavy. I would never make this again Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2004
This is definitely a old family tradition of mine as well to make Calamari and it is always a winner. It takes very little time to make and it could be used as a meal or an appetizer. WONDERFUL recipe!!! Read More
(53)
Rating: 1 stars
12/29/2007
This was the worst Calamari I've ever had. There was no taste at all and they were loaded with oil and the flour was just oo heavy. I would never make this again Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2010
I am from Spain where you find this dish in every restaurant as "Calamares a la Romana" the most simple yet delicious way to serve calamari. Drizzle with some lemon juice before eating wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2010
this is the best recipe ever Read More
(13)
Rating: 3 stars
03/19/2010
Not sure I would rate this as a recipe - put the squid in flour and fry. Guess I was looking for more like different spices etc. Thanks anyway for posting this - a good place to start. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2013
After reading others reviews I decided to add more seasoning and it was excellent! I added fresh garlic to the oil for starters. Then I added oregano crushed red and black pepper and garlic powder to the flour mixture. My husband and 2 teenage boys LOVED it! Two pounds wasn't enough even for an appetizer! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/21/2012
Kind of bland. I added a touch of Old Bay seasoning because I thought the salt and pepper would need a little kick. I try not to use too much because it is very salty but this seemed to lack any punch. I was careful to not fry too many pieces in my deep fryer because I didn't want them to stick but they didn't really get golden brown. They came out crispy but bland and pale. I will look for another recipe. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2013
if you add fresh basil red pepper jalapeno salt grind with the flour in processor then dip in sriracha sauce you've got an awesome appetizer Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2014
This is how I make calamari as well. I guess it would be bland by itself but we have it with a parmesan-peppercorn dip like the one Olive Garden serves with their calamari. I mix equal amounts sour cream and mayo together add a little salt and generous amounts of pepper and grated Parmesan or Romano cheese to make a thick peppery dip. Serving with lemon wedges for squeezing the juice over the calamari also adds flavor. Read More