fried calamari

Fried Calamari

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinating: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb squid rings and tentacles
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt plus more for serving
  • 1/2 tsp paprika smoked or regular
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley chopped


  • Place the calamari in a bowl with the buttermilk and stir to combine
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
  • Heat 3-4 inches of oil in a large deep pot to 375 degrees F
  • Place the flour, salt, paprika, pepper and garlic powder in a medium bowl; stir to combine
  • Remove each piece of squid from the buttermilk and dredge in the flour. Repeat the process until all pieces are coated
  • Place 8-10 pieces of squid in the oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove the squid from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat the process with the remaining squid
  • Sprinkle additional salt over the squid if desired, and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately

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