Mediterranean Calamari Tacos

Mediterranean Calamari TacosRecipe
Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Karen Shinto
Sicily meets the south of France, with deep-fried capers and oranges in the slaw and lemon aioli on the calamari.


Makes 12 to 14
Total time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 457
Caloriesfromfat 35 %
Protein 13 g
Fat 18 g
Satfat 2.4 g
Carbohydrate 61 g
Fiber 4.3 g
Sodium 577 mg
Cholesterol 130 mg


1 1/2 pounds calamari tubes and tentacles
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Vegetable oil for deep frying
12 to 14 corn tortillas* (5 to 6 in.), warmed


1. Preheat oven to 200°. Cut calamari tubes into 1/2-in. rings; pat calamari mostly dry. Mix flours, cayenne, and salt in a bowl.

2. Heat 1 1/2 in. oil in a 5- to 6-qt. pan over medium-high heat to 380°. Toss one-quarter of calamari at a time in flour to coat, shaking off excess. With a slotted spoon, lower calamari into oil and cook until golden (adjust heat to maintain 380°), 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Keep warm in oven as you fry remaining calamari.

3. Smear each tortilla with about 1 tbsp. aioli, then fill with calamari and slaw. Add more sauce if you like.

*If tortillas are very thin, buy double the amount and stack 2 per taco.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per taco with 1 tbsp. sauce.