Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
This is one of the nicest and best tasting calamari recipes that I have eaten. I find that the calamari is not tough as I have experienced in many restaurants. A friend Chef and I developed this marvelous recipe that is so easy to prepare.
- 1⁄2 lb frozen calamari or 1⁄2 lb fresh calamari
- 1⁄2 cup whole milk, homogenized
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup japanese panko breadcrumbs or 1⁄4 cup regular fine dry breadcrumb
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil (for frying)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (red hot pepper flakes sauce)
- Firstly, prepare a deep-fryer with a good vegetable oil and heat to 375 degrees F, or use a medium size deep frying pan on high heat.
- Defrost calamari and rinse under cold running water.
- Cut calamari into 1/4 inch strips. If using fresh calamari, just cut into 1/4 inch strips. Pat dry calamari with paper towels.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together flour and Panko bread crumbs.
- Add milk to a bowl and dip calamari in the milk.
- Toss calamari strips in flour/crumb mixture just to coat. You do not want to have a heavy coating as it could drop off when frying.
- Flash fry coated calamari in prepared deep-fryer or frying pan for about 15 seconds, deep frying in small amounts.
- In a frying pan, heat 1/2 cup of vegetable oil to medium-high heat.
- Add garlic and Sambal Oelek and stir well, cover with a screen to prevent oil from spattering or splashing.
- Sauté flash-fried calamari for about 1 minute or until nicely light brown. Do not over fry as it could get chewy.
- Serve calamari with your favorite dip.
This recipe guided my first attempt at home-made calamari. I made several alterations, but I thought that one observation was important enough to share. I used fresh calamari, and like others, found that the breading stuck, but was rather fragile and easy to knock off while frying. I would try the milk bath next time. I don't have a deep fryer any more, so I just increased the cooking time in the frying pan by about 30 seconds-1 minute. This yeilded nice golden brown breading. A note of warning- do to the heat of the oil, I would wait to add the chili paste and garlic till the last say, 30 seconds of frying. Also, I very much recommend using a splatter guard, as the oil goes crazy when you add the chili paste. An excellent recipe, I look forward to trying this one again. Thanks!
I was pleasantly surprised. Made this as written except for hot sauce didn't have any. It was so quick and easy and delicious. I used frozen calamari and had no problems. Now my hubbie can stop ordering it in restaurants and paying a lot for it.
Awesome recipe. Alot of the breadcrumbs fell off though - I would try the egg substitution next time, or a combination of the two. I used regular breadcrumbs and red pepper flakes. Came out really good and completely disappeard!