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homemade fried calamari

Fried Calamari

Fried Calamari is a crispy and delicious appetizer recipe that is surprisingly easy to make at home. Lightly coated and fried to golden brown perfection!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 100


  • Vegetable oil (for deep-frying)
  • 1 pound clean squid with tentacles (bodies cut into ¼ inch-thick rings)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 lemons (cut into wedges)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (use your favorite jarred marinara sauce)


  • Pour enough oil into a heavy large saucepan to reach the depth of 1-2 inches. Heat over medium heat to 350 degrees F. 
  • Mix the flour, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Working in small batches, toss the squid into the flour mixture to coat. Shake off as much excess flour as you can and set breaded calamari pieces on a plate.
  • Carefully add the squid to the oil and fry until crisp and very pale golden, about 3 minutes per batch. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the fried calamari to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. You may have to do this in several batches and add oil in between batches, as necessary. Do your best to maintain an oil temp around 350 degrees F.
  • Place the fried calamari and lemon wedges on a clean plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve with the marinara sauce.
    calamari recipe


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 21.9mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2.2mg