Deep Fried Calamari

The secret to crispy deep-fried calamari is in the coating. I like mine hot and spicy. as well as crunchy..


  • 500g Calamari (cut as desired)
  • ⅔ Cup Corn Flake crumbs
  • 2 Cups strong flour
  • 1 Tbs Salt
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 2 TBp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 TBp Garlic powder
  • 1 Cup cornflour
  • 2-3 Eggs lightly beaten
  • Lemon wedges to garnish
  • Oil for frying
For the Coating
  1. Combine the corn flake crumbs, flour, salt, sugar, cayenne and garlic powder in a large bowl
  2. Measure a cup of cornflour into another bowl
  3. Lightly beat 2-3 eggs in a third bowl
To Coat the Rings
  1. Working with a few calamari at a time, drench the calamari in the cornflour
  2. Dip the calamari in the egg, and then drop them into the coating mixture
  3. Shake them around until they are coated, then transfer them to a flat platter. Make sure the calamari cuts are not touching.
  4. Repeat until all of the calamari cuts are coated.
  5. Allow the calamari to stand for at least 20 minutes before proceeding
  6. Half-fill your frying pan with oil. Heat the oil to 180c / 350f
  7. Scoop the calamari up one by one and lower them into the oil. Repeat until the surface area of the pan is covered.
  8. Fry for 90 seconds per side, then remove and drain on kitchen towel.
  9. Repeat with the remaining calamari.
To Serve
  1. Arrange the calamari on platters, garnish with the lemon wedges and serve with the accompaniments of your choice

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