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Calamari Fritos

Pair With: Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay


Serves: 6

  • 1 1/2 lb cleaned squid tubes, cut into 1/2" rings
  • 1 3/4 cup fine flour like rice or cake flour
  • 3 1/4 tsp paprika, divided
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Fresh lemon wedges
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Oil for deep frying

  • Instructions:

    Whisk egg yolk, garlic and lemon juice. Slowly whisk in the 1/2 cup of olive oil until light and creamy. Stir 1/4 teaspoon of paprika into sauce; keep covered until ready to serve.

    In a gallon size Ziploc bag combine flour(s), paprika, and pepper. Add calamari rings, close bag and shake to coat.

    In very hot frying oil (400F), quickly cook rings in small batches. Turn rings halfway through cooking. Cook rings in 2 minutes or less. Drain rings on paper towels.

    Sprinkle with lemon juice and season with salt. Serve hot with sauce.