Fried Calamari

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This crowd-pleasing appetizer couldn’t be easier to prepare at home. You can find fresh squid at most seafood markets or in the freezer section.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Thoroughly pat the squid dry with paper towels. Slice the bodies into 1/2-inch-thick rings and lay on a paper towel–lined baking sheet along with the tentacles; pat completely dry.
  2. Fill a large saucepan halfway with vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350˚F. Whisk the flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss the squid in the flour to coat. Transfer the squid to a plate, shaking off any excess flour.
  3.  Working in batches, fry the squid in the hot oil until golden, about 2 minutes. Drain on clean paper towels.
  4. Serve the squid with warm marinara sauce and lemon wedges.

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