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homemade fried calamari using fresh squid

Italian Fried Calamari (Calamari Fritti)

Author: Lily
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
5 from 2 votes
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Servings 4
This 15-minute Italian fried calamari recipe is the perfect appetizer using whole fresh squid, olive oil, flour, and crushed garlic.


  • 1 lb of whole squid about 3 medium-sized squid
  • 1 cup of olive oil or frying oil
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3 cloves of garlic mashed
  • 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt


  • Clean the whole fresh squid. Cut the squid into rings.
  • Mash the garlic into a paste with a mortar and pestle. Mix the garlic paste and the squid.
  • Add the flour to a bowl. Don't add salt! Drop the squid pieces into the flour. Dust off excess flour. Set aside. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a wide stovetop pot. Using a small piece of bread, test that the oil is hot enough. Important! You want to ensure that when the bread is added to the oil, it bubbles. 
  • Add enough calamari to fill a single layer in the pot. Flip the calamari once it forms a golden crust. Using a frying spatula, scoop the fried calamari onto a paper towel lined plate. Repeat until all of the calamari is fried.
  • Try the fried calamari and add a pinch of salt. Serve with lemon wedges.


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 295mg | Sodium: 57mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g