Fisherman's Wharf Fried Calamari

Fisherman's Wharf Fried Calamari


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Make this fresh calamari the next time you want a West Coast appetizer. The calamari needs time to soak before frying, but the rest of the recipe is quick and easy and is inspired by Fisherman’s Wharf market.

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Time needed

4.5 hour preparation + 10 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh calamari
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco sauce
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • Lemon Wedges to serve
  • Salt and pepper to season

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Begin by cleaning the calamari. Cut the bodies into thick rings and set aside the tentacles. Mix the milk and juice of 1 lemon in a bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes to thicken. Add the hot sauce. Then add the calamari and let it soak for 4 hours. In another bowl, mix the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Remove and drain the calamari. Dip the calamari in the beaten eggs and then in the flour mixture. Fill a large skillet with vegetable oil and heat to 360 degrees F and fry the calamari in batches for 4 minutes. Put the calamari on a plate and pat dry to remove excess oil. Season with salt and pepper and serve with lemon wedges.

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