Crispy tender Fried Calamari served with a Creamy Chipotle Sauce and fried to golden perfection. Excellent!
(Calamares Fritos con Salsa Cremosa de Chipotle)
The other day when I made this recipe, I started to try and remember exactly when was the first time I tasted fried calamari. I believe I was 9 years old.
That was many, many years ago….
Since then, I can honestly tell you I have had and enjoyed calamari in many different ways!
And I especially love tender fried calamari especially with a great dipping sauce.
So here’s one of my favorite ways of many this delectable dish.
It’s simple and hyper delicious, especially with a Creamy Chipotle sauce!
Squid and Fried Calamari
Here’s an interesting fact, did you know that fried calamari, is considered one of the classiest of fried foods?! Being so delicious how could it not be!
Okay, so first, let me start by explaining a few things about squid. A squids body is made up of two key parts. The mantle and tentacles.
The mantle is the long cone shaped exterior.
And even if you have never eaten squid ever before, surely at some point you have seen the very familiar O-shaped rings.
These come from the mantle of the squid. And if by chance, you have been at some restaurant and wondered, “What is that person eating? Hmm, it looks like onion rings? Maybe now you will wonder if it is indeed fried calamari.
As for myself, I love the tentacles the best! I love them! I find the tentacles to be tastier.
Tips and Tricks for Cooking Calamari
If not cooked correctly or over cooked, calamari tends to become tough and rubbery.
But no worries, there are some tips and tricks to making sure your calamari comes out tender and hyper delicious.
For the best most tender FRIED CALAMARI you must follow some rules…..
- Calamari must be fried in VERY hot oil…..
- Fried for 90 seconds to 2 minutes in BATCHES! Not all at one time! Otherwise you will lower the heat of the oil and oh that’s a bad thing! You will end up with a rubbery, tough, chewy substance similar to rubber bands; that is, if you have ever had those! (chuckle!)
- Whether you use flour or cornstarch, coat your calamari at the very last second, right before you are ready to cook it.
(Mix the spices into flour and coat calamari at the last minute)
If you have the time to follow this particular step, please do, you will be happy you did!
After you have cut up the mantle into rings and tentacles are also ready, rinse and soak in buttermilk/egg mixture for 20 minutes or an hour. Even better yet, soak calamari overnight in a bowl and store in fridge.
This step helps in preventing the calamari from becoming tough and rubbery.
Creamy Chipotle Sauce
You cannot have the best fried calamari without a great dipping sauce!
But if you want to try a different sauce than the traditional marinara dipping sauce, I urge you to try this creamy chipotle sauce.
It’s delicious and also very simple to make.
A little bit of mayonnaise, chipotles peppers in adobo sauce, fresh garlic, lemon and salt=DONE and YUMMYNESS!!!
I also like to drizzle a cilantro vinaigrette over my fried calamari.
A little bit of olive oil and fresh cilantro, simple! Totally optional but surely worth it.
Garlic Aioli Sauce
Another delicious sauce to serve fried calamari with is this creamy garlic aioli sauce.
Light mayonnaise, fresh garlic, zest of a lemon and fresh parsley. YUM!
Full recipes for sauces below in recipe box ↓
For another delicious dish using calamari, you may also like this Mexican dish.
I hope you love this Fried Calamari with Creamy Chipotle Sauce as much as we do! So Yummy!
For more delicious seafood recipes, you will also love these:
Tacos Gobernador (Crispy Cheesy Shrimp Tacos)
Mofongo con Camarones (Garlic Mashed Plantains Stuffed with Shrimps in a Salsa Criolla)
Camarones a la Crema (Shrimps in a Creamy Chipotle Sauce)
For a full list of our seafood dishes, click here→ Seafood
Fried Calamari with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
- 1 lb fresh squid if you cannot find fresh squid, you can use frozen good quality squid with rings and tentacles
- 1 cup buttermilk can use milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- oil for frying
CREAMY CHIPOTLE SAUCE
- 2 chipotle peppers chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 cloves of garlic coarsely chopped
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- pinch of salt
CILANTRO VINAIGRETTE (OPTIONAL)
- 1/4 olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Garlic Aioli Sauce
- 5 tbsp light mayonnaise
- 2 fresh garlic cloves minced
- 3 tbsp fresh parsley
- zest of half a lemon
Creamy Chipotle Sauce and
- Add the chipotle peppers, mayonnaise, lemon, garlic and pinch of salt to a food chopper and blend unto well combined. Add salt to taste. Set aside.
- Add the cilantro and olive oil to a blender and blend for a few seconds. Set aside.
Garlic Aioli Sauce (Bonus Dipping Sauce)
- Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use.
For the Calamari
- Rinse squid under cold running water. Separate the body from the tentacles with a knife.
- Cut body (mantle) of squid into 1/2 inch rings and cut tentacles into two to three pieces.
- In a bowl whisk egg and add buttermilk. Add calamari pieces and let soak for 20 minutes.
- In a fryer or heavy pot, add about two inches of oil and heat to 375 F (190 Celsius).
- In a bowl mix flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Toss the calamari in with the seasoned flour to cover. Shake off excess flour.
- Fry until golden brown (90 seconds). No longer than about two minutes or the calamari will become chewy and rubbery.
- Serve with Creamy Chipotle sauce and serve immediately. Sprinkle Cilantro Vinaigrette over top of calamari.