Salt and Pepper Calamari

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Recipe: #36971

May 17, 2021

"A friend who owns a restaurant knowing my love of calamari sent me his head chefs recipe which is different to any that the DH or I have cooked and looking forward to trying it soon."

Original is 4-6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (300.3 g)
  • Calories 287.2
  • Total Fat - 3.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 436.6 mg
  • Sodium - 856.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 31.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.2 g
  • Sugars - 10.2 g
  • Protein - 32.1 g
  • Calcium - 86.4 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 16 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Pre-heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy based pan to 180C.

Step 2

Ensure squid hoods are clean by rinsing under cold water if required and pat dry with kitchen towel and lay out on a chopping board.

Step 3

Carefully cut the squid hoods in half, lengthways and lightly score a cross hatch pattern 1/2 cm apart on each piece and cut each piece into 4.

Step 4

Combine the rice flour with the salt, both peppers and cayenne pepper, if using in a shallow tray.

Step 5

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites together and add the squid pieces and coat evenly and transfer the squid pieces into the flour mix making sure you drain off any excess egg and toss the squid in the flour so it’s coated.

Step 6

Fry squid in batches to avoid overcrowding for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown and crisp and transfer to paper towel and season with a little salt and repeat with remaining squid.

Step 7

Combine the sweet chilli sauce, half of lime juice and ginger in a small bowl and mix together.

Step 8

Adjust tanginess of the sauce to taste by adding more lime juice if desired.

Step 9

Serve hot with a squeeze of fresh lime and sweet chilli lime dipper on the side.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


Whenever I’ve ordered fried calamari, it has always made me happy. Making calamari at home proved that it can be tastier than at a restaurant for the fraction of the price. This calamari recipe came out wonderfully crispy and flavorful. However, I did reduce the amount of salt by half and wish I had used a tad less. Wondering if it is meant to say, 1 teaspoon instead of 1 tablespoon? None-the-less, it tasted great and dipped into that wonderful sauce….oh my, what a treat! Thank you, Pat, for sharing. Made it for FYC and Billboard Tag.


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(4 Jul 2021)

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