Fried Calamari with Lemon Mayo Sauce

Crispy calamari with lemon mayo and some marinara is one of my favorite outdoor summer appetizers. And it is SO easy to make at home.

Yield: 4 Servings

Fried Calamari with Lemon Mayo Sauce

Prep time: 45 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 55 Min


  • 1 pound Squid, tubes cut into 1/2 inch rings and tentacles cut in half  
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 cups AP Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • Vegetable Oil, for frying
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemon Wedges, for servings 
  • Marinara Sauce, for serving 
Lemon Mayo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced


  1. For the lemon mayo, combine ingredients and set aside.
  2. Place squid in a bowl with the buttermilk, cover, and place in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Add vegetable oil to a large pot and heat to 375F.
  4. In a large container or bowl, combine flour and spices.
  5. Working in batches, toss squid in the flour until fully coated.
  6. Once all the squid is coated in flour, shake off excess flour and fry a handful of squid at a time.
  7. Fry until lightly golden, about 2-3 minutes.
  8. Remove from the fryer onto a paper towel lined tray and season with salt.
  9. Serve with lemon mayo and marinara sauce. 

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