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Calamares or Filipino vesion of fried Calamari
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Spicy Crunchy Fried Calamari

This crunchy Calamares packs some heat. Serve them as appetizers or even as mains. Also perfect for pairing with your favorite booze. Surely a crowd-pleaser that can be cooked in no time at all!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
SoakingTime1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Filipino
Keyword: calamares, fried calamari, spicy calamares
Servings: 4
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 1 pound frozen squid rings thawed, washed and drained
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 lemon or 4-5 calamansi
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder optional
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • oil for deep frying


  • Soak squid rings in milk for at least an hour.
  • Add lemon juice to the milk with the squid. The lemon juice acts as a coagulant that will thicken the milk.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining dry ingredients.
  • In a deep pan or wok, heat oil over medium heat. Oil should be high enough to cover a layer completely.
  • Dredge a piece of squid with the flour mixture until fully coated.
  • Deep fry coated squid rings in batches, making sure you do not over-crowd the pan. Fry for about 2-3 minutes each batch.
  • Using a slotted spoon remove cooked calamari from oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.



Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 297mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 9.4mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2.6mg