How to cook Calamares (Breaded Squid)?



  • 1 kg squid, cut into rings
  • 1/2 kg (about 4 cups) flour
  • 1 liter (4 cups) olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten


  • Clean the squid by removing the heads, tentacles, ink bags, fins and skin. Wash them thoroughly under running water, drain them.
  • Cut the squid into 5 mm 1/4 inch rings. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan or deep fryer, heat oil. If you have a thermometer, heat the oil to 180C/350F.
  • While the oil is heating, mix the flour, cayenne, paprika and salt in a large bowl.
  • Drop in the individual pieces of squid and coat thoroughly with the flour mixture.
  • Dip the floured squid into the beaten egg and then carefully drop into the hot oil.
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes until golden.
  • Remove from the oil and briefly drain on paper towels before serving with the garlic and lemon mayonnaise.
  • Serve hot.

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