Crispy Fried Calamari

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This easy, crispy, golden brown calamari is a great starter you can make at home. Not too chewy, not too rubbery, learn how to make the perfect appetizer (or meal) with the steps below!
  • 1 pound frozen calamari tubes thawed
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Grape seed oil as needed
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges to serve
  • Slice the calamari tubes into ¾-inch thick rings.
  • In a medium bowl, stir 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt in ½ cup milk.
  • Add the calamari rings to the milk mixture and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, oregano, black pepper, and cayenne (make sure the mixture is well combined).
  • Prepare a large colander and set it on top of a large bowl. Using a pair of tongs, take a portion of the calamari rings (about ½ of them) shake off excess milk and toss the calamari in the flour mixture. Toss the calamari to coat evenly. Put the coated calamari in the colander. Repeat with the rest of the calamari.
  • Add grape seed oil to your FIREDISC, wait for it to heat up. To test your oil, drop one calamari ring, many bubbles will form around it and the calamari will begin to float.
  • Once your oil is ready, using a pair of tongs, gently add some of the calamari in and fry until golden brown.
  • Transfer the fried calamari to a serving plate and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice!
PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOK TIME: 10 minutes