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Italian Fried Calamari

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Italian Fried Calamari with Lemon Aioli is made with buttermilk, flour, paprika, chili powder and fried to perfection.




  • 1 pound calamari ring, or squid cut up into rings
  • Light vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Lemon Aioli:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Add vegetable oil in a large heavy pot on medium heat until the candy thermometer registers 375°F. It is highly recommended to use a candy thermometer.
  2. Place the squid in the buttermilk and let it sit in the refrigerator for up to 30 minutes.
  3. For the lemon aioli, combine the mayonnaise and lemon juice. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour and spices.
  5. Working in batches, toss the squid in the flour until fully coated.
  6. Once all the squid is coated in flour, shake off excess flour and fry a handful of squid at a time.
  7. Fry until golden, about 2-4 minutes.
  8. With a slotted spoon, remove the calamari from the fryer and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Season with salt.
  9. Serve with lemon aioli.


  • Be sure to use a frying thermometer to keep the oil at 375°F. If it’s too hot it burns. If its too cold, the squid absorbs excess oil and becomes greasy.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Fried calamari will taste great with marinara sauce as well.
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 453.0
  • Sugar: 0.0 g
  • Sodium: 546.0 mg
  • Fat: 24.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 30.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 423.0 mg