Photo by: Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Karen Shinto

Mediterranean Calamari Tacos

Sicily meets the south of France, with deep-fried capers and oranges in the slaw and lemon aioli on the calamari.

  • Yield: Makes 12 to 14


  • 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
  • none Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 12 none to 14 corn tortillas* (5 to 6 in.), warmed
  • none Lemon Aioli
  • none Fried Caper and Orange Slaw


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 457none
  • Calories from fat: 35%
  • Protein: 13g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 61g
  • Fiber: 4.3g
  • Sodium: 577mg
  • Cholesterol: 130mg

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