Calamari in a Buttermilk Batter

    15 minutes

    Fresh calamari is dipped in a homemade buttermilk batter then fried to a golden brown. I like to serve as an entree with a dipping sauce.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable oil for frying
    • 1 cup (250g) buttermilk
    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
    • 1/2 tablespoon salt
    • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 500g squid, cleaned and cut into 1cm rings

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Heat oil in a saucepan or deep-fryer to 180 degrees C.
    2. Pour buttermilk into a medium bowl.
    3. In a separate bowl stir together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano.
    4. Dip squid rings into the buttermilk then into the seasoned flour.
    5. Place the coated pieces in the hot oil and fry in small batches turning if necessary for even cooking. When evenly browned remove to paper towels to drain and continue with the rest of the squid. Serve hot.

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    This recipe is very good however for best results soak the squid in 2 cups of buttermilk for 2 hours, it makes it very tender then drain in a colander, dump all of the squid into flour mixture but up the amount of flour to 2 cups and toss with your hands and then deep fry, I also don't add the oregano, don't really know why but I like it without.  -  27 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Better than most restaurant calamari. We added cayenne seasoning and Emeril's Essence to the flour mixture, and it gave it a great kick.  -  04 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    So light the calamari almost floats off the plate. I've tried many different recipes but now my search is over. This is one I'll engrain in memory and use from now on. Thanks for submitting it.  -  25 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)