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    Pan-Fried Calamari Rings

    Pan-Fried Calamari Rings. Photo by spatchcock

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    30 mins

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    25 mins

    spatchcock's Note:

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

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 07, 2013


    • on July 28, 2009


      Wonderful flavor and quick to do. I used Progresso Italian panko crumbs and it worked great. Loved the crunch on the crust. Served it with Island Coconut Curry Sauce mixed with mayo. Also with Bang Bang Shrimp - Copycat from Bonefish Grill and Pazzo's Best Caesar Salad.

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    • on July 26, 2009


      Yum! The crust on these is just perfect, its crnchy and pretty, Make sure you have the oil ready. Just let the crumbs lightly brown and they are perfectly cooked. DH was watching and quickly ran and sliced an onion and we fried those too, I am going to used this recipe alot, thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Pan-Fried Calamari Rings

    Serving Size: 1 (935 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 448.8
    Calories from Fat 72
    Total Fat 8.0 g
    Saturated Fat 2.1 g
    Cholesterol 438.7 mg
    Sodium 853.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 58.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 3.0 g
    Protein 32.4 g

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