Fried Calamari


Fried calamari is one of my favorite recipes, simple to make and tastes delicious.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 pound calamari tubes, thawed if frozen

  • peanut oil for frying

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, or to taste

  • 1 wedge lemon


  1. Check calamari for breaks and slice into 1/8- to 1/4-inch rings.

  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Place 2 cups flour in a bowl. Whisk milk and eggs together in a separate bowl. Place remaining 4 cups flour, cornstarch, paprika, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a third bowl; mix thoroughly.

  4. Toss calamari rings in plain flour. Move to egg mixture and thoroughly coat. Move to seasoned flour and coat fully. Move back to egg mixture if not thoroughly coated; coat with seasoned flour again.

  5. Submerge floured calamari in hot oil until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Lift out with a slotted spoon, letting oil drip off. Drain on paper towels. Place calamari in a small bowl; check seasoning.

  6. Add parsley and lemon wedge for garnish.


For a great dip, mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce thoroughly and serve alongside the calamari.

Editor's Notes:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used. Avocado oil can also be used in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

523 Calories
12g Fat
80g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 523
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 214mg 71%
Sodium 488mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 375mg 8%

* 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.

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