Neely's Fried Calamari

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen and thawed small calamari, cleaned and cut into 1/2-inch rings
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish
  • Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
  • Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup peach preserves
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • Dash hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Directions
  • Preheat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F.

  • In a large bowl add the cornmeal, flour, cayenne, garlic powder, dried parsley, salt and pepper. Whisk together to combine.

  • Working in batches, toss the calamari into the dry mixture, shaking off the excess. Carefully add to the hot oil, in batches, until lightly golden, about 1 minute per batch. Remove to a paper towel lined sheet tray and immediately season with salt. Transfer to a platter, garnish with lemon wedges, and serve with the Spicy Dipping Sauce.

Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce:
  • Add all the ingredients to a serving bowl and whisk to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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