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Fried Calamari Recipe Video
|All purpose flour||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Black pepper||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Milk||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Vegetable oil||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (For deep frying)|
|Lemon||1⁄3 Medium, juiced (Optional)|
|Salt & pepper||To Taste (Optional)|
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9 g13.8%
Saturated Fat 2.3 g11.7%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 104.6 mg
Sodium 425.9 mg17.7%
Total Carbohydrates 38 g12.6%
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g5.5%
Sugars 4.1 g
Protein 13 g26.6%
Vitamin A 1.9% Vitamin C 7.5%
Calcium 10.9% Iron 13.2%
*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet
To Clean the Squid
1. Cut the tentacles right above the eyes. Squeeze out the beak and scrape out the thick part on the tentacles. Transfer onto a plate.
2. Hold the heat at the base or close to the body and pull them apart gently and discard it with any other internal stuff that comes out with it. Putting the hand inside the body pull out everything from inside and discard. Hold the cartilage and pull it out. Cut off the wings from both the sides.
3. Holding the skin tightly peel it off gently. It need not be very clean but peel off as much as possible. By the end, there should be a hollow soft body.
4. Clean it well with water and cut them into rings. Transfer them into the bowl with tentacles. Pour milk into it and soak them for at least 30 minutes (few hours is ideal) in the refrigerator.
5. In a bowl put the all purpose flour. Add salt and pepper and mix well till combined.
6. Take the calamari rings out of the fridge and transfer it on paper towel. Pat it dry. Dredge each ring and tentacles in the flour generously. Shake off any excess and place it in a plate.
7. In a deep frying pan, heat oil to very hot (it should sizzle). Put the dredged rings one by one and fry till golden. Transfer onto paper towel to drain off any excess oil.
8. In a serving plate serve the calamari rings with choice of side or salad or dip or enjoy as it is.
To add to flavor garlic powder, paprika or mixed herbs, anything can be added to the flour as desired.
Instead of milk, calamari can be soaked in club soda as well.