We love fried calamari. There have to be some pretty good appetizers on a menu for us not to order it.
At home any fried food is a bit of a mess so we seldom enjoy it. This is worth the greasy kitchen cleanup and house smelling of fried food for a week.
- 1/2 lb squid cleaned and cut into 1/4″ rings plus tentacles
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2-5 dashes cayenne pepper hot sauce
- 1 cup white flour
- 3/4 cup semolina flour
- 2 tbsp fresh oregano chopped fine
- Vegetable oil for frying
Mix hot sauce and buttermilk together in a large bowl. Add squid and soak one hour before cooking. Mix flours and spices together in another bowl. Heat oil in a dutch oven or fryer until it stands still. Remove squid from buttermilk a few pieces at a time and shake off any excess liquid. Dredge in flour and fry in small batches until cooked through, about 90 seconds. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels sprinkled with salt kept in the oven to keep the calamari warm. Continue cooking squid until done. Serve with lemon wedges, chopped pecorino peppers and marinara sauce for dipping.