Pan-Fried Calamari Rings

Total Time
5 mins
25 mins

I threw this together tonight when another appy I planned to make fell through. SO fattening, but oh, my goodness, so worth it!! I served this with Mean Chef's Aioli (#54833).

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  • 16 ounces frozen squid rings, thawed under running water (I got mine at Trader Joe's)
  • 1 cup flour (or less, if you think you can get away with it, just add more as you go if you start with less than)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (6 ounce) package panko breadcrumbs (japanese bread crumbs)
  • oil, for frying


  1. Mix together flour, cayenne and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Feel free to add other ingredients to the flour mix if you want--any herbs or zests (like lemon) would be great.
  3. Put 3 eggs in a bowl (cracked, of course!) and beat lightly.
  4. Place panko on a plate.
  5. Start heating oil to med-high heat in medium-large pan on stovetop.
  6. Dip a few thawed calamari rings into the flour.
  7. Toss till coated.
  8. Dip flour-coated rings into the egg mixture.
  9. Toss flour- and egg-coated rings with Panko.
  10. (An easy way to do this is to have the panko in a plastic ziploc bag--and toss.) Shake off excess panko and put in preheated oil on stovetop.
  11. Don't crowd the pan!
  12. Allowing enough space between rings will ensure that they all cook evenly.
  13. Pan fry till panko is golden and calamari is tender.
  14. Don't overcook---overcooked calamari tastes like rubber!
  15. Serve with dipping sauces of your choice; I like Mean's Aioli (#54833).
  16. Enjoy.
  17. And then go for a run or take a nap.
  18. (This makes 4 servings for an appetizer, if you are looking for a substantial appy, or maybe 2-3 servings for a full meal. This is a FILLING dish).
Most Helpful

4 5

Very Good! First time I have cooked Squid at home and we were all very pleased with these (even the kids). I used Lemon Pepper for my spice added to the flour. I think I might add more next time as the taste was a little bland. These did cook to perfect crispness, will make them again!

5 5

Wonderful recipe!. I enjoy the crisp crunch flavor of the panko breadcrumbs. I used the lemon pepper flavored panko & that adds a nice tang. Thanks. I'll continue to use this recipe as it was a big hit.

5 5