DIY Fried Calamari

Makes 4 servings20 minutes
Calamari shouldn't exist solely in the realm of restaurant appetizers when it's this easy to make at home. The key here is quality, fresh squid (we get ours from Two X Sea). A coating of polenta and flour gives it that extra crunch straight out of the oil.


1 pound squid, cut into ⅓-inch thick rings

1½ cups all purpose flour

½ cup polenta

Salt and pepper

Vegetable oil

Lemon, for serving

Step 1

Mix flour and polenta in a bowl with 1 tablespoon salt and 5 to 6 grinds of black pepper. Use a fork to combine. Toss squid pieces in the flour-polenta mixture until coated.

Step 2

Fill the bottom of a cast iron pan with vegetable oil until the oil is 1½ inches deep. Heat over medium-high heat until it’s very hot—to check, flick a bit of flour in the oil and if it starts sizzling immediately, it’s ready.

Step 3

With a slotted spoon, add the calamari carefully to the oil in a single layer (you may have to do multiple batches). Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, until they’re a pale golden color. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. Repeat with a second batch if necessary.

Step 4

Eat the calamari when they’re piping hot with a squeeze of lemon and some marinara sauce if you like!