Calamari Special

READY IN: 25mins


  • 12
    lb frozen calamari or 1/2 lb fresh calamari
  • 12
    cup whole milk, homogenized
  • 14
    cup japanese panko breadcrumbs or 1/4 cup regular fine dry breadcrumb
  • 12
    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.