Fried Calamari Recipe

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Edith Mckinney Modified: March 22, 2022
Fried Calamari Recipe

How To Make Fried Calamari

Make an easy and delicious appetizer with this fried calamari marinated in buttermilk, coated with paprika-seasoned flour, then fried until golden brown.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • 1lbcalamari,rings and tentacles
  • 1cupbuttermilk
  • cupsall purpose flour
  • 2tspsalt,plus more for serving
  • ½tsppaprika,smoked or regular
  • ¼tsppepper
  • ¼tspgarlic powder
  • vegetable oil,for frying
  • 2tspfresh parsley,chopped


  1. Place the calamari in a bowl with the buttermilk and stir to combine.

  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  3. Heat 3 to 4 inches of oil in a large deep pot to 375 degrees F.

  4. Place the flour, salt, paprika, pepper, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Stir to combine.

  5. Remove each piece of squid from the buttermilk and dredge in the flour. Repeat the process until all pieces are coated.

  6. Place 8 to 10 pieces of squid in the oil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.

  7. Remove the squid from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat the process with the remaining squid.

  8. Sprinkle additional salt over the squid if desired, and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.


  • Calories: 328.73kcal
  • Fat: 5.68g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.02g
  • Trans Fat: 0.02g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.54g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.36g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.65g
  • Fiber: 1.45g
  • Sugar: 3.10g
  • Protein: 24.65g
  • Cholesterol: 266.67mg
  • Sodium: 525.28mg
  • Calcium: 117.07mg
  • Potassium: 436.41mg
  • Iron: 3.11mg
  • Vitamin A: 29.68µg
  • Vitamin C: 6.78mg
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