You won’t find any easier recipe for a delicious and at the same time such a quick appetizer to make at home. I will give you a recipe for fried calamari that uses not your usual batter for coating squid rings. Its sides turn out really crispy after pan-frying in oil. All your friends will appreciate this delicious treat for your get together.

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If you are looking for a recipe of breading without eggs, here is an interesting option for you. It is water-based with some added extra ingredients: all-purpose flour, potato starch and baking soda. Thanks to this type of coating, squid turns out juicy, soft in the inside, and crunchy outside.

Coated Squad Rings Recipe Ingredients:

Ingredients for Fried Squad Rings

  • 500 g squid;
  • oil of your choice for frying.

Best Coating Recipe for Fried Calamari:

  • 100 ml water;
  • 1 tbsp. potato starch;
  • 1 tsp. olive oil;
  • juice of ½ lemon;
  • ½ tsp. baking soda or baking powder;
  • 70 g all-purpose flour;
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to your taste.

How to make fried calamari rings at home:

  • Defrost squid if necessary (better use fridge for the purpose or running cold water). Clean it and wash thoroughly before using it in the recipe.

Defrost and clean squid

  • Using a knife cut squid into 1 cm wide slices so that you will get rings similar to the ones on the photo. Leave them aside on the paper towels, to get rid of all the excess liquid.

Cut squad into slices

  • Now, let’s see how you can make easy coating for fried squid. In a deep bowl combine all-purpose flour and baking powder/soda with water. Then, pour oil and add potato starch. Squeeze half of a lemon to the bowl, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Nicely whisk all the ingredients together, make sure that the mixture becomes smooth.

Combine all purpose flour with water and baking powder

Add oil and lemon juice

Whisk ingredietns until smooth

  • Dip calamari rings in batter. Try not to ski any side that the whole surface will be covered in coating.

Dip calamari rings in batter

  • Heat oil in a skillet. You can always check whether oil is hot enough by sprinkling some flour in it (oil should start bubbling). There should be enough oil in the frying pan. My main advice would be not to overcrowd it, too. If you have too many calamari rings in the skillet at the same time, it will result in releasing of excess liquid that can lead to cooking squid not in a proper way. Rings can become saggy and not crispy at all.

Do not overcrowd skillet with squid slices

  • Fry squid rings for 2 minutes on each side until its sides become golden brown.

Fry for 2 minutes for each side

  • Let fried squid rings sit for some time on the paper towels to get rid of all the excess oil before serving. Enjoy with your favorite type of sauce!

Fried Calamari Recipe

Here are some ideas for sauces that you can enjoy with pan-fried calamari rings:

If you are looking for an egg-based breading then here is an option for you: 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 5 tablespoons of breadcrumbs and 2-3 eggs depending on the sight. Add seasoning to your taste and whisk everything together.

Hope that you will enjoy my spin on classic pan-fried calamari rings recipe and will share it with your friends!

Fried Calamari Recipe – Pan-fried Squid Rings

I will give you a recipe for fried calamari that uses not your usual batter for coating squid rings. Its sides turn out really crispy after pan-frying in oil.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Fried Calamari Recipe, Pan-fried Squid Rings
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 180kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g squid
  • oil (of your choice for frying)
  • 100 ml water
  • 1 tbsp potato starch
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • juice, squeezed out of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp baking soda or baking powder
  • 70 g all-purpose flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to your taste

Instructions

  • Defrost squid if necessary (better use fridge for the purpose or running cold water). Clean it and wash thoroughly before using it in the recipe.
  • Using a knife cut squid into 1 cm wide slices so that you will get rings similar to the ones on the photo. Leave them aside on the paper towels, to get rid of all the excess liquid.
  • Now, let’s see how you can make easy coating for fried squid. In a deep bowl combine all-purpose flour and baking powder/soda with water. Then, pour oil and add potato starch. Squeeze half of a lemon to the bowl, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Nicely whisk all the ingredients together, make sure that the mixture becomes smooth.
  • Dip calamari rings in batter. Try not to ski any side that the whole surface will be covered in coating.
  • Heat oil in a skillet. You can always check whether oil is hot enough by sprinkling some flour in it (oil should start bubbling). There should be enough oil in the frying pan. My main advice would be not to overcrowd it, too. If you have too many calamari rings in the skillet at the same time, it will result in releasing of excess liquid that can lead to cooking squid not in a proper way. Rings can become saggy and not crispy at all.
  • Fry squid rings for 2 minutes on each side until its sides become golden brown.
  • Let fried squid rings sit for some time on the paper towels to get rid of all the excess oil before serving. Enjoy with your favorite type of sauce!

Notes

*calories per 100 g

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