Crispy Fried Calamari


1 lb cleaned calamari, tubes cutting into rings, as well as tentacles left whole
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 cups flour
½ tsp cayenne
½ tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
½ loving cup buttermilk or milk
vegetable or canola oil, for deep frying
marinara sauce, lemon wedges, or aioli, for serving, optional

  1. Place the calamari into a bowl amongst the lemon juice, as well as allow sit down for xxx minutes. This volition tenderize the calamari.
  2. Preheat frying stone oil to 375 degrees F, either inward a deep fryer or a large shape Fe pot, no to a greater extent than than 1/2 full.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, cayenne, paprika, as well as salt. Add one-half of this mixture to or thence other medium bowl. Place the buttermilk or milk inward a 3rd bowl. Place the 3 bowls on the counter inward the next order: spiced flour, buttermilk, as well as spiced flour.
  4. Remove the calamari from the lemon juice, thence dredge each slice inward the flour, shaking off whatsoever excess, thence into the buttermilk, shaking off the excess, thence dorsum into the 2nd bowl of flour. Repeat this procedure amongst all the calamari.
  5. Fry the calamari inward batches for nigh 3 minutes total, until golden brown. Then drain on a newspaper towel as well as right away tabular array salt the calamari generously thence the tabular array salt sticks. Serve amongst marinara sauce as well as lemon wedges, if desired. Enjoy!

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