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By: Enrique Gili on Feb. 17, 2011, 8:28 a.m.
Cajun calamari on dish

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Cajun Calamari

Fried calamari is seafood for non-fish eaters.

Cajun Calamari


  • 1 pound calamari tubes, chopped into 1/3 to 1/2 inch sections
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika powder
  • Half teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 4 ounces vegetable cooking oil

Time estimates

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes


  1. In a large baggie, combine the flour and seasoning ingredients and shake until blended.
  2. Place calamari on paper towels. Press firmly to remove excess liquid.
  3. Toss calamari into the bag. Shake well until the pieces are evenly coated with flour mix.
  4. Pour cooking oil into large skillet. Over medium-high heat, flash cook calamari in two separate batches, two minutes max for each batch.
  5. Place calamari on paper towels to absorb excess grease.
  6. Plate with a wedge of lemon and favorite condiments. Serve hot.

Serves 4 as an appetizer.

Note: Using precut squid eliminates the need for messy prep work.