Thursday, January 2, 2014

Fried Calamari with Spicy Mayo Dipping Sauce



It's fried. It's good


I think I was about 14 years old when I was asked to try fried squid. In those days...I was picky!  Eating squid, even though it was fried, was out of the question. I picked it up. I tried it. I loved it. That simple.

Fried calamari is a staple in Italian cuisine. 8/10 times, I will order it for an appetizer if it's on the menu. So as I begin to expand my culinary knowledge, I had to attempt to make it! 

Per usual, my friend Morgan was my motivation behind this. She does a great job of inspiring me. 

This is a VERY simple recipe. Cleaned squid (tubes) aren't cheap, but it's definitely worth it! Here's a plus...it takes almost no time to make fried calamari. 

...which is good when you're impatient like I am. 



It's about to go down


Ingredients 

¼ pound Squid (tubes) – cleaned
¼ cup White Flour
1/8 cup Bread Crumbs
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
½ teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Black pepper
½ teaspoon Oregano
½ teaspoon Parsley
Canola Oil for frying

 Spicy Mayo Dipping Sauce

2 tablespoons Mayo
1 tablespoon Sriracha
½ teaspoon Lemon Juice
 

Directions
 

1.     Rinse the squid with cold water and pat dry.
2.     Cut the squid into ½ inch rings by slicing the squid transversely.
3.     In a small bowl, combine the flour, bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, oregano and parsley.
4.     Heat the canola oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees.
5.     Toss the squid rings with the flour combination until well coated.
6.     In 2 batches, deep fry the squid rings for one minute per batch.
7.     Place the finished rings on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
8.     In a small dipping bowl, make the dipping sauce by combing the mayo, Sriracha, and lemon juice.
9.     Enjoy!