Calamari Fritti (Italian Fried Calamari) Light Crispy & Tender With Spicy Marinara Sauce

Learn how to cook perfect fried calamari in your own home kitchen! Eric from Simply Elegant Home Cooking goes over this classic Italian recipe that is such to impress your friends & family! Eric shows you the exact steps to get a crispy and tender result that is as good as your favorite Italian restaurant!

For Eric’s Spicy Marinara Sauce Recipe See Link Below:

-1 lb. cleaned squid bodies and/or tentacles
-2 cups buttermilk
-1/2 cup all purpose flour
-1/4 cup yellow cornmeal (preferably stone ground)
-1/4 cup corn starch
-2 TS dried oregano
-1 TS fine sea salt
-1/4 TS black pepper
-1/4 TS cayenne
-4 cups peanut oil or light olive oil for frying
-1 pinch of salt
-1 lemon cut into wedges

-cut squid bodies into rings of 1/4-1/3 inch width.
-place squid rings and/or tentacles into a bowl and cover with the buttermilk. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
-Bring the oil up to 375 degrees f in either a deep fryer or on the stove top.
-Mix together the flour, cornmeal, corn starch, salt, oregano, cayenne, and black pepper in a bowl.
-Drain the squid through a mesh strainer but do not dry completely.
-Working in small batches, coat the squid pieces into the breading mix, then shake them off of excess on a clean strainer.
-In batches, deep fry the squid in the hot oil, fry in small batches and do not cook more than 90 seconds or the calamari can turn rubbery!
-Drain onto a paper towel lined plate.
-Garnish with fresh squeezed lemon and sea salt.
-Serve & enjoy!


  1. I’ve never tried calamari but it looks delicious & easy to prepare. I think I will put some Sinatra on the stereo, break out some Chianti Classico & get busy in the kitchen. Thanks for a great video.

  2. I like calimari but never imagined cooking it. Thanks to your video I will give it a try. Your videos are well organized and detailed. I will let you know how it turns out.

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