Calamari Fritti

Calamari Fritti
Staff Writer
Vic Rallo

Simple and delicious, this calamari is lightly dusted in flour, salt, and pepper, and fried in hot olive oil. Serve with fresh lemon. I would enjoy a Sicilian white with Calamari Fritti — Firriato Etna Bianco 2012, Sicilia comes to mind when I think of fried calamari.

4
Servings
199
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds frozen or fresh calamari tubes and tentacles
  • 1 gallon blended oil, for frying
  • ½ - 3/4 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon, cut into halves
  • 1 brown paper bag

Directions

Defrost and clean calamari, separating the tubes from the tentacles. Cut off wings and be sure tubes have no cartilage remaining inside.

Once calamari is clean, cut calamari tubes into thin, even ribbons. Cut tentacles in half.

Put 1 gallon of blended olive oil into 8-quart or larger pan, and heat on stovetop at high heat.

Put flour into a heavy-duty brown paper bag with salt and pepper to taste.
Add sliced calamari to bag and shake enthusiastically. Have fun!

When oil is hot, test it with a pinch of flour. If oil bubbles, then the oil is hot enough.

Rip open bag and carefully add calamari to the hot oil. (Note: When you add calamari to the oil, it will make the oil bubble and increase the likelihood of coming out of the pot. Please use caution.)

After all of the calamari is in the oil, use a spider to keep calamari submerged. Cook for approximately 1-1.5 minutes or until crispy and browned.

Remove calamari from oil and place on paper towel or brown paper bag to absorb excess oil.

Immediately put calamari on serving plate. Season with pinch of salt and pepper, garnish with fresh half lemon.

Nutritional Facts

Carbohydrate, by difference
52g
40%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin A, RAE
72µg
10%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Calcium, Ca
14mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
7µg
2%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
11mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
20mg
3%
Sodium, Na
11mg
1%
Water
174g
6%

Calamari Shopping Tip

Seafood shopping is quite easy in the general sense. Rule of thumb: if it smells fishy, don't buy. Fresh seafood should smell mild and more like the ocean and sea water rather than fish.

Calamari Cooking Tip

Looking for a quick mid-week dinner? Seafood is a safe bet. It's quick to cook and simple recipes can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes.