Hello all, it’s time for the first Mancktastic recipe of 2014! Bill and I enjoyed this delicious dish of squid on Christmas Eve, and we’ve decided it’s going to become a family tradition.
In this dish, tender calamari tubes and tentacles are covered in flavorful spices and flour, then quickly fried in peanut oil. It’s a delicious treat to enjoy with a simple squeeze of lemon, or tossed with pasta and marinara sauce for a heartier meal.
- Peanut Oil
- 1 pound Calamari, tubes and tentacles
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pour enough peanut oil to come 2 inches up the side of your dutch oven or other thick-bottomed, high-walled pot. Heat on medium to medium-high, or until flour dropped into the oil immediately sizzles and disperses.
- Cut your tubes into 1/2 inch rings, rinse the tubes and tentacles, then set aside.
- Combine flour, parsley, salt, peppers, paprika, Greek seasoning and garlic powder in a large bowl, stir well.
- Toss the tubes and tentacles in the flour mixture, making sure to coat well.
- When the oil is heated, fry the calamari in small batches, stirring to ensure complete cooking, for about 2 minutes, or until golden.
- Drain the calamari on paper towels and sprinkle with additional salt.
Based on a recipe from Harvest of the Sea