Fried Calamari with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
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Fried Calamari with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

Crispy tender Fried Calamari with Creamy Chipotle Sauce fried to golden perfection.  Excellent!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Calamari Sauce, Fried Squid
Servings: 4
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More


  • 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


  • 2 chipotle peppers chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves of garlic coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • pinch of salt


  • 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. 

Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 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.

Frying Calamari

  • 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.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 320mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 451mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 13.5mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1.5mg