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Air Fryer Calamari with Spicy Chipotle Dipping Sauce

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Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


Air Fryer Calamari

  • 1 lb frozen calamari rings and tents
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour or a gluten-free alternative
  • 1 tsp Old Bay or paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1 large egg
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • Prepared Creamy Chipotle sauce for dipping

Spicy Chipotle Mayo

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder or 2 tablespoons chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt


Air Fryer Calamari

  • Pat dry the thawed calamari rings and tentacles with a paper towel. Place all the calamari into medium mixing bowl and toss with lemon juice, until well coated.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray; return basket to air fryer and preheat air fryer to 400 F.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray; return basket to air fryer and preheat air fryer to 400 F.
  • In a third mixing bowl, whisk milk and egg until well combined.
  • Dredge calamari (individual rings and tentacles) first in the flour mixture, then in the egg mixture, and finally in the flour mixture again, until well coated.
  • Place one layer of coated calamari in air fryer basket. (Do not overlap calamari. If extra pieces remain, cook calamari in batches.) Coat calamari with cooking spray.
  • Cook at 400 F for 8 minutes, or until calamari is cooked through. Serve immediately with bowl of chipotle sauce, for dipping.

Spicy Chipotle Dipping Sauce

  • Add the mayonnaise, chipotle powder OR chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, garlic, lemon juice and pinch of salt to a bowl and blend until combined. If using chipotle pepper, blend it in a food processor or with a stick blender to incorporate.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.


Pro-tip: Thaw calamari overnight in refrigerator. Or for a quick thaw, put frozen calamari in a large baggie, seal baggie well and place it under cool running water for about 20-30 minutes.

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