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Fried Calamari with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aïoli

Yield Makes 6 servings
Start with a package of frozen calamari, fry in peanut oil, and serve with a flavorful garlic and lime mayonnaise mixture for an impressive appetizer. 

Ingredients

  • 1 (2.5-pound) package frozen, cleaned calamari (tubes and tentacles), thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Peanut oil
  • Roasted Garlic and Lime Aïoli

How to Make It

  1. Cut calamari tubes into 1/4-inch-thick rings; pat dry with paper towels. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge rings and tentacles, in batches, in flour mixture.

  2. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 365°. Fry calamari, in batches, 2 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aïoli.

  3. Note: You can use frozen and sliced squid packaged without tentacles.