Fried Calamari with Spicy Aioli
Love fried calamari but only order it at your favorite restaurant? This recipe shows you just how easy it is to make for yourself! The secret to a great calamari is cooking it very quickly so it doesn't become rubbery.
- fresh squid bodies & tentacles - 1 lb
- all purpose flour - 2 cups
- cayenne pepper - 1 tbsp
- salt - 1 tsp
- black pepper - 1 tbsp
- oregano - 1tsp
- vegetable oil - for deep-frying
- mayonnaise - 1/2 cup
- sriracha sauce - 1 tbsp
- Clean squid, and cut bodies into 1/2 inch rings. Split the tentacles (head) if too large.
- Pour oil into a heavy saucepan, until it has a depth of 3in. Bring to 35o degrees over medium heat.
- In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise & sriracha. Store in fridge until needed.
- In a shallow dish, mix flour, cayenne, oregano, salt & pepper.
- Toss squid in flour mixture in small batches to coat and shake off excess flour.
- Working quickly, carefully place small batches of coated squid in oil. Cook until very pale gold in color and crisp. This only takes about a minute so don't leave it unattended!
- Remove each batch with a slotted spoon or tongs, and place on paper towel lined dish to drain excess oil.
- When all squid is cooked, sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve immediately with spicy aioli.