Fried Calamari

Recipe by canarygirl
READY IN: 25mins


  • 1
    lb cleaned calamari, cut into rings
  • 14
    cup cornmeal or 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2
    cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1
    cup breadcrumbs (I like garlic and parsley flavored)
  • oil (for frying)


  • First, coat the calamari rings in corn meal, shaking them out to get rid of any excess.
  • Then dip them into a mixture of the eggs and garlic.
  • Lastly, dip them into the bread crumbs mixed with salt, coating them well, and shaking off any excess.
  • Up to this point may be done in advance, and the calamari rings refrigerated for a couple of hours, until you are ready to fry.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil (the secret to crispy calamari is hot, hot oil, just below the smoking point.) Fry the rings (in batches) about 1 minute, or until they are golden.
  • Remove and drain on paper towels.
  • If you have a deep fryer it's best, but otherwise, make sure the oil is deep enough to cover the calamari.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges, garlic mayo, and marinara sauce.