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!
Tried this recipe but substituted egg for the milk only because I had a similar experience with chicken wings where the breading stuck to the pan. After reading highplainsdrifter review made this adjustment and it came out fine. Everyone loved it . . . will make this again in the future.
This is just the recipe I have been looking for. It's wonderful. We didn't use the red hot pepper flakes because of the kids. We made Marmalade Sauce for Shrimp or Calamari (Just like Outback) to dip in (marmalade sauce). Thank you!! 5+ stars
I'm not rating this because I must have done something wrong. I flash fried them, then when I reheated in the oil/ sambal oelek all of the coating came off and it was a big clumpy mess. Squid is pretty inexpensive around here, so I may try again.
Wow! Another great recipe. These turned out much tastier than what we usually get in restaurants. Thanks for sharing.
*8 Jan 2007 review:* I love calamari The flavours an texture of this dish didn't let me down. I halved the vegetable oil for frying as I thought it was a bit to much. The flour/crumb mix didn't stick to the calamari as much as I expected to stick. However I would make it again maybe dip it into a liquid first then the flour/crumb mix. I didn't need to serve it with a dip as the garlic and sambal oelek flavours was excellent. Thank you Uncle Bill *Update* I finally found wonderful calamari and I wanted to try this recipe again, this time I used a milk wash to make the breadcrumbs/flour stick better and it worked! I also didn't fry the calamari just added a little oil in the pan but kept everything else as written. The flavours were still outstanding.. Thank you again Uncle Bill.
WOW, This is a great easy way to prepare calamari, the result was superbly tender and delicious. I served this at a b-b-q and got rave reviews. Thanks
Great calamari! I made this for a Greek party. They loved dipping the calamari in the Tzatziki. Thanks for posting.