Copycat Fried Calamari

Copycat Fried Calamari


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This lightly breaded calamari places well beyond the average seafood shack. It's perfect for anyone that enjoys a good fried recipe.

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Time needed

30 min preparation + 10 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 1 lb. fresh calamari
  • 2 C. milk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 C. flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

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Clean and cut the calamari. Mix the milk and lemon juice in a large bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes until it thickens. Add the hot sauce. Add the calamari and soak in the buttermilk for up to 4 hours. In a bowl, mix the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, paprika and cayenne. Beat the eggs in another bowl. Remove the calamari from the buttermilk and drain. Dip into the beaten egg, and then the flour mixture. Fill a heavy skillet with 2 cups vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat to 360 degrees F, or set a deep fryer to 360 degrees F. Fry the calamari, in batches, until brown and crispy, about 4 minutes. Place on a plate and pat dry any excess oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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