Crispy Calamari with Marinara Sauce

This is a quick and easy recipe for calamari that results in crispy, not rubbery, squid. Serve as an appetizer with marinara sauce or as a main course.


  • 1 lb. squid, cleaned
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • marinara sauce, for serving


  1. Cut squid bodies into 1/2-inch rings. If using squid tubes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture.
  4. Dip squid in the milk mixture, then coat with the flour mixture.
  5. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add squid and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
  6. Drain on paper towels and serve with marinara sauce.

Potential changes & improvements

If you want a bit more of a crunch, you could try adding some cornmeal to the flour mixture. For a bit more flavor, you could add some Old Bay seasoning to the flour mixture. If you want a bit more heat, you could add some cayenne pepper to the flour mixture.

What other food it works well with

This dish goes well with a simple salad and some crusty bread.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is not cooking the squid long enough. This results in rubbery squid. Another common mistake is not flouring the squid well enough. This results in the squid not being crispy.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Calories: 150

Fat: 7 g

Saturated fat: 1 g

Cholesterol: 35 mg

Sodium: 490 mg

Carbohydrates: 10 g

Fiber: 1 g

Sugar: 2 g

Protein: 10 g


This recipe contains wheat and milk.

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