Easy Crispy Fried Calamari (Muc Chien Gion)

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Who doesn’t love fried calamari? Fried calamari are rings of squid and tentacles deep-fried to a crispy golden perfection. Served alongside lemon wedges, marinara sauce or aioli, this is the perfect recipe to one up grandma at her dinner party.

Fried calamari is really easy to make at home. I like to keep my recipe simple and eliminate steps that require me washing a bunch of dishes. When I deep-fry anything, I avoid the whole breading process that involves different bowls for flour, eggs and breading. Here I’m using only one large mixing bowl for everything … because I hate washing dishes as much as Joey hates sharing food. Recipe below. Enjoy!

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Easy Crispy Fried Calamari (Muc Chien Gion)

Serves 3-5



  1. In a large mixing bowl, season calamari/tentacles with granulated garlic, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and sea salt.
  2. In a wide pan or wok over medium heat, heat about 3-inches deep oil to 400°F.
  3. Add coated squid and deep-fry in batches, turning as needed, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp and golden. Remove fried calamari with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet or a plate lined with paper towels. While calamari is hot, add more seasoning if needed and toss for an even coating. Serve immediately.
  4. To make the spicy "aioli", mix together mayo, sriracha and lemon/lime juice until combined.
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