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Fried Calamari with Spicy Mayonnaise

Yield Makes 6 servings
Sriracha, a spicy Thai chili sauce, is typically made from sun-ripened chile peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. Substitute your favorite hot sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha or Thai garlic-chili sauce
  • 1 pound fresh calamari (tubes and tentacles), rinsed and sliced into rings
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Stir together mayonnaise and Sriracha in a small bowl. Cover and chill.

  2. Soak calamari in buttermilk; chill at least 1 hour. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Remove calamari from buttermilk, and dredge in flour mixture. Shake off excess, and separate rings and tentacles.

  3. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 365°. Fry calamari, in batches, 1 minute or until done. Drain on paper towels, and serve warm with spicy mayonnaise.