Crispy Fried Calamari

Bye-bye, rubbery calamari! Frozen calamari rings are first soaked in milk to tenderize them, then coated with a mixture of corn flour and gluten-free all-purpose flour before deep frying. Simple, easy, and tasty! Good served with cocktail sauce, garlic mayonnaise, or other dipping sauces and lemon wedges. Regular all-purpose flour may be substituted if you don't need to make these gluten free.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound frozen calamari rings

  • 2 cups 2% milk, or as needed

  • ½ cup corn flour

  • ½ cup gluten-free all purpose baking flour

  • oil for frying


  1. Separate calamari rings and place them in a lidded plastic container with enough milk to cover them. Seal the container and allow to soak at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

  2. Heat the oil in a deep fryer.

  3. Combine corn flour and gluten-free all-purpose flour in a shallow pan. Transfer about 6 calamari rings from the milk directly into the flour mixture to coat. Place coated calamari into the hot oil without crowding, and cook until just starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining calamari.

Cook's Note:

I use a Fry Daddy(R). If you have a larger deep fryer, you may be able to fry more at a time, but it is very important that the fryer is not overcrowded to ensure the coating stays on each ring and becomes crispy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

476 Calories
27g Fat
35g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 476
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 274mg 91%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 179mg 14%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 476mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.