Calamari is one of those things that people typically order at a restaurant and think they would NEVER make at home. I am here to tell you, it REALLY isn’t that hard.
YDFM has a great seafood & fish (& lunchmeat, and meat, and cheese, etc) section. They have squid rings for under $6/lb. I was craving homemade calamari Sunday – for some odd reason – and so I went to YDFM and got squid ( and lunch from the YUMMY restaurant that I took to eat with Wes) to make salad and homemade calamari for dinner.
1 lb squid rings, precut – which I drained and dried on paper towels
3 bowls – 1 with flour (flavored with s&p, garlic, curry, red pepper), 1 with 1 egg w/1/5 T water, and 1 with panko bread crumbs – which I just kept adding to and didn’t really flavor.
So you toss in the flour, then the egg, then the panko and then put in a fryer. Now I know that most people don’t have a fryer, but you can also use a dutch oven – the lid is KEY in this process, b/c the oil pops.
I have a fryer that I put peanut oil in with a basket – TFal – that was fairly cheap and comes apart to clean and works really well
So you just do the “3 part process’ for the breading and I put the calamari in the basket before I drop it in the oil and then cook it for about 5 minutes or so until it is brown. I then drain it on a BROWN PAPER BAG – paper towels make things SOGGY! and I sprinkled with S&P and some curry powder.
Put them in my warming drawer in a glass casserole dish and then made a ‘marinara’ with parsley, garlic, onion, balsamic, sugar, and tomato sauce and heated that up. (I also recommend Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce – in the little white bowl)
We had a salad and this and it was YUM!
You can do it! I know you can!