Fried Calamari with Spicy Mayonnaise

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


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living


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


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

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.

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.