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    Calamari Special

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    25 mins

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    William (Uncle Bill) Anatooskin's Note:

    This is one of the nicest and best tasting calamari recipes that I have eaten. I find that the calamari is not tough as I have experienced in many restaurants. A friend Chef and I developed this marvelous recipe that is so easy to prepare.

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    • 1/2 lb frozen calamari or 1/2 lb fresh calamari
    • 1/2 cup whole milk, homogenized
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup japanese panko breadcrumbs or 1/4 cup regular fine dry breadcrumb
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (for frying)
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (red hot pepper flakes sauce)


    1. 1
      Firstly, prepare a deep-fryer with a good vegetable oil and heat to 375 degrees F, or use a medium size deep frying pan on high heat.
    2. 2
      Defrost calamari and rinse under cold running water.
    3. 3
      Cut calamari into 1/4 inch strips. If using fresh calamari, just cut into 1/4 inch strips. Pat dry calamari with paper towels.
    4. 4
      In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together flour and Panko bread crumbs.
    5. 5
      Add milk to a bowl and dip calamari in the milk.
    6. 6
      Toss calamari strips in flour/crumb mixture just to coat. You do not want to have a heavy coating as it could drop off when frying.
    7. 7
      Flash fry coated calamari in prepared deep-fryer or frying pan for about 15 seconds, deep frying in small amounts.
    8. 8
      In a frying pan, heat 1/2 cup of vegetable oil to medium-high heat.
    9. 9
      Add garlic and Sambal Oelek and stir well, cover with a screen to prevent oil from spattering or splashing.
    10. 10
      Sauté flash-fried calamari for about 1 minute or until nicely light brown. Do not over fry as it could get chewy.
    11. 11
      Serve calamari with your favorite dip.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 16, 2010


      This recipe guided my first attempt at home-made calamari. I made several alterations, but I thought that one observation was important enough to share. I used fresh calamari, and like others, found that the breading stuck, but was rather fragile and easy to knock off while frying. I would try the milk bath next time. I don't have a deep fryer any more, so I just increased the cooking time in the frying pan by about 30 seconds-1 minute. This yeilded nice golden brown breading. A note of warning- do to the heat of the oil, I would wait to add the chili paste and garlic till the last say, 30 seconds of frying. Also, I very much recommend using a splatter guard, as the oil goes crazy when you add the chili paste. An excellent recipe, I look forward to trying this one again. Thanks!

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    • on January 23, 2011


      I was pleasantly surprised. Made this as written except for hot sauce didn't have any. It was so quick and easy and delicious. I used frozen calamari and had no problems. Now my hubbie can stop ordering it in restaurants and paying a lot for it.

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    • on January 30, 2010


      Awesome recipe. Alot of the breadcrumbs fell off though - I would try the egg substitution next time, or a combination of the two. I used regular breadcrumbs and red pepper flakes. Came out really good and completely disappeard!

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    Nutritional Facts for Calamari Special

    Serving Size: 1 (92 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 314.6
    Calories from Fat 258
    Total Fat 28.6 g
    Saturated Fat 4.2 g
    Cholesterol 47.1 mg
    Sodium 34.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 1.6 g
    Protein 5.0 g

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    sambal oelek

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