Delicious Mediterranean Calamari (Fried Squid)

Calamari is a surprisingly easy meal to prepare. In this video Eva shows us how to properly clean and cook the squid. Calamari is wonderful as an entree or as side dish and is amazing with home-made tzatziki. Be sure to fry the squid right before you serve the meal, as it best eaten immediately.

1 box of frozen squid
Enough flour to dip the squid
Vegetable oil for frying
Fresh lemon
Pinch of salt and pepper

Allow the squid to defrost. Clean and cut the squid into small pieces or rings. Cut off the tentacles and body, and be sure to discard the backbone, ink sac, sand sac, and innards. Wash squid thoroughly and place on a strainer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in the fridge for a few minutes. Dip the squid in flour and shake off excess. Heat a large frying pan with vegetable oil. Fry the squid in small batches and cook until golden, turning over. Place calamari on a paper-towel lined plate. Sprinkle with fresh lemon juice and serve with tzatziki sauce.

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21 Responses to “Delicious Mediterranean Calamari (Fried Squid)”

  • Eva, first of all, Congratulations on your son’s wedding!

    I am a frequent Japanese viewer of “Thursday for Dinner” and my fiance is Greek.
    To honor his heritage and pass it on to our children, I started learning Greek cooking on my own. “Thursday for Dinner” is the most helpful website and you are my mentor. I enjoy learning your useful recipes, watching your comfortable and confident style and how well your video is taken.

    I had been waiting for your new posting since I have watched all the episodes on the website over and over! I am very interested in learning more recipes, especially Jemista. Also, Galaktobureko and Halvas for dessert. Also, I would love to see any dishes using octopus since it is one of my fiance’s favorites.

    I am very much looking forward to your new posting.
    Thank you again for you, Eva!

  • Hi Eva,

    I have been looking forward to another video from you for a while and I am happy to see that you are back! Congratulations to your son, his new wife and of course to your whole family! Thank you for this great video – I have never made calamaria at home but you make it look so easy so I think I just might make some for the holidays.

    Kala Christougenna!

  • The photo is beautiful and the recipe looks so easy. I’ll have to try this soon.

  • Hi Eva,

    First of all, I´d like to say you’re doing a really good job in this blog. I discovered your videos one day when I was looking for the recipe to make Tzatziki after I discovered it on my first visit to Greece last month. So I came across your video which was really helpful.

    I´d like to make a suggestion for a new video. Can you show us how to prepare Halvas, an excellent Greek sweet, which I have always wondered how to make it?

    Thank you for sharing with us all your knowledge and these lovely recipes.

    Best regards,

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