Crispy and perfectly seasoned fried calamari (kalamarakia tiganita) recipe! A favourite Greek meze that is served in every fish tavern (Psarotaverna) and you should really give it a try at home. Making your own crispy fried calamari rings is literally as easy as frying potatoes!
Lots of fried calamari recipes use batter for coating the calamari, but Greeks almost always go for the minimalistic approach. After all, when it comes to fried calamari less is more. So, some good old fashioned flour and seasoning mix will do the trick every single time!
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Crispy fried calamari recipe – How to make the perfect fried calamari
When preparing such a simple and minimalistic dish like fried calamari, the secret is of course to use some good quality calamari to start with. First of all, prefer to cut the calamari slightly thicker slices, to be able to actually taste it. Slimmer rings look more elegant but with 1 cm slices there’s more calamari to get your teeth into!
Tip: Let the calamari dry on some paper towl before coating, but do not pat dry, as it will be more difficult for the flour to stick, which means less crunch.
The seasoning for the calamari is a matter of preference. Some salt and freshly ground pepper will be just amazing, but adding also fresh herbs, like oregano and spices, like paprika will surely lift the flavour. For coating using some semolina and bread flour instead of regular flour will really make a difference in the crunchiness of your fried calamari.
How to fry the calamari?
Use some clean oil for frying and heat it on medium high heat. The perfect temperature to cook the fried calamari is 170C. Check if your oil is ready by carefully dipping one of the calamari rings in; if it sizzles fiercely the oil is ready.
Alternatively you can check by sprinkling just a small pinch of flour in the hot oil. If it starts bubbling then it’s ready. Hot oil can be really dangerous, so use a slooted spoon to carefully place the calamari inside the hot oil.
Not overcrowding the pan is vital for crispier results. If you add too many, the calamari will release water and the temperature of the oil will fall, resulting into not cooking properly.
Prepare this delicious Greek fried calamari recipe for your friends and family and serve as a delicious starter or main dish with a last minute squeeze of a lemon. Serve with Greek salad and Greek fries. Enjoy!