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Fried Calamari

Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 (2.5 pound) package cleaned calamari (tubes and tentacles), rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Cut calamari tubes into 1/4-inch-thick rings. Soak calamari in cold water 30 minutes; drain. Pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients. Dredge calamari in flour mixture.

  3. Pour oil to a depth of 6 inches into a Dutch oven. Heat to 400°. Fry calamari, in batches, 1 minute, allowing oil to reach 400° before cooking next batch. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.