Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 mins

This is a very simple but delicious recipe for calamari steaks. Be careful though - they cook exceedingly fast. Make sure you have the rest of the meal ready and on the table before you cook the steaks.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place calamari steaks in large bowl and cover with buttermilk. Let set for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Whisk together eggs, Tabaso sauce and 1/2 cup of milk. Pour into flat dish or pie pan and set aside.
  3. Mix flour, cumin, chile powder, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Put into flat dish or pie plan and set aside.
  4. Put bread crumbs into flat dish or pie pan.
  5. Heat oil in large skillet.
  6. Drain calamari.
  7. When oil is very hot, dredge the clamari in the flour mixture, then dip into the egg and then dredge in the breadcrumbs.
  8. Fry in oil until golden brown on one side then immediately turn over and fry till golden brown on the other. This takes about 1-2 minutes total. Drain on paper towels.
  9. Serve and enjoy.


Most Helpful

I made this tonight. Very, very good! I cut my calamari steak into strips (to make them an appetizer), used panko instead of Italian bread crumbs because I like them with the Mexican flair. I also used peanut oil to fry (non-GMO canola is too pricey for me) which didn't change the flavor (they are both mild oils). I made a dill dipping sauce with lime juice squeezed in it. I will be making this again!

Chez Sunfleur May 19, 2014

The recipe is ok but my husband and I found that a simple calamari recipe with just a few ingredients tastes so much better than this recipe which requires a bunch of ingredients and more work than necessary. Some salt, pepper, olive oil and Panko or Italian bread crumbs are sufficient to produce a delicious calamari steak meal.

seabeyond January 27, 2013

I made this last night and loved it! The flavor or the chili power and tabasco made it. I cooked in less oil.

kristina_schardijn October 15, 2008

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a