Fried Calamari

Fried Calamari


  • 1 lb of fresh squid
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs


  • Clean the squid: Remove the tentacles from the body and slice the body horizontally into 1/4-inch thick rings. Rinse under cold water to remove any residue.
  • Prepare the batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and black pepper. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and water until well combined.
  • Coat the squid: Dip each piece of squid into the flour mixture, then into the egg wash, and finally into the panko breadcrumbs, making sure they are fully coated.
  • Fry the calamari: Heat 2 inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer to 375°F (190°C). Working in batches, carefully add the coated squid to the hot oil and cook for about 2 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain on paper towels: Remove the calamari from the oil using a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Repeat with the remaining squid rings.