Easy Thai Style Fried Calamari

Easy Thai Style Fried Calamari

This simple Thai version of calamari is crisp and delicious—especially when dipped in Thai coconut dip. Perfect for parties or a weeknight treat.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Place semolina flour in a shallow bowl or spread over a plate. Stir in the salt and spices. Set aside.
  3. Step 3

    Place squid tubes horizontally in front of you on a cutting board . Using a sharp knife and cutting toward you, make slices about 1/2-inch wide. This will create nice-size rings.
  4. Step 4

    Open up the calamari rings and roll them one by one in the flour and salt mixture until they are covered. Place floured rings on a clean plate next to the stove.
  5. Step 5

    Pour oil into a small- or medium-sized frying pan. The oil should be at least 1-inch deep.
  6. Step 6

    Turn heat to high- or medium-high, until the oil begins to bubble or "move" from the bottom of the pan. To test if oil is hot enough: using a pair of tongs, dip one of the calamari rings into the oil. If it sizzles and begins to cook, the oil is ready.
  7. Step 7

    Place as many rings into the oil as can comfortably fit at one time. Fry about 1 minute, then turn the rings over to cook on the other side.
  8. Step 8

    Turn heat down to medium to prevent oil splattering. The calamari should turn a light golden brown. Avoid over-cooking, or squid will turn rubbery.
  9. Step 9

    When rings are done frying, remove from oil and place on a clean kitchen towel or paper towel to drain.
  10. Step 10

    Serve immediately while still hot. Serve with Thai sweet chili sauce.