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Fried Squid (Calamares Fritos)

This is a popular appetizer around the Mediterranean. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.


  • 1 pound cleaned squid
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Salt
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Cut squid body cones into 1/2-inch slices; leave tentacles whole. Pat dry.
  2. Heat 1 to 1 1/2 inches oil to 375 degrees F.
  3. Coat squid with flour. Dip into eggs; coat with bread crumbs.
  4. Fry a few squid pieces at a time until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Drain; sprinkle with salt.
  6. Serve with lemon wedges.

Yield: 8 servings

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