Lemon Peppered Fried Calamari

Lemon Peppered Fried Calamari


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You don't have to wait to go out to a restaurant to enjoy delicious bites of fried calamari! This recipe is packed with a bold lemon-pepper flavor and can be served with a side of ranch dressing. It's one meal your family will love.

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Time needed

5 min preparation + 10 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 2 lb. calamari, sliced into rings
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • Dash salt
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ C. lemon juice
  • Vegetable oil for frying

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Preheat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large skillet until shimmering. In a large bowl, toss calamari slices with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes. Add to oil and fry until golden and puffed, about 4 to 5 minutes.

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