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Simple Fried Squid

Mauricio Salinas

Servings: 6

Fried calamari isn’t just an Italian favorite; it’s also a popular Spanish tapa. This version is dipped in a simple flour batter and fried until crisp and golden.

This recipe is excerpted from The Book of Tapas. Read our review.


  • 2-1/2 lb. squid, cleaned and cut into 1/2-inch-wide rings
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Sunflower oil, for deep-frying
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish
  • Salt


  • Lightly season the squid rings with salt and coat them in the flour, shaking off any excess. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or pan to 350–375°F or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Add the squid rings, in batches, and cook until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain well and keep warm while cooking the remaining batches. Serve the squid garnished with the lemon wedges.


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