Bang Bang Calamari

So, I admit – my nutrition was not at it’s finest. I was craving something fried, I was craving something breaded. I have been a little angry about the lack of restaurants that offer unbreaded calamari. So I took it upon myself to make breaded calamari – think of it as Paleo junk food, but whatever. 80-20 right?

This recipe is really easy and fast to make. It won’t keep well though, so make it and eat it soon after 😉

For this recipe, you will need:

Breading - Calamari

1/4 c. coconut flour
3/4 c. tapioca flour
1 t. salt
1 t. ground black pepper
1 T. dried parsley
2 t. garlic powder
2 T. crushed pepper
1 T. cayenne pepper
1 t. smoked paprika
2 t. tabasco
1/2 lb. squid (mixed – head and tail)
1 c. coconut oil

Cut the squid heads into rings about 1/2″ thick. Leave the tails “as is”.

Bang Bang Calamari - Squid

In a quart size or gallon size plastic bag (or quart plastic container if you’re “green”), mix the coconut and tapioca flours and spices.

Bang Bang Calamari - Breading in a Bag

Coat the squid, heads and tails, with the tabasco sauce. Toss into the “breading” bag until coated.

Now, add approximately one cup of coconut oil to a deep frying pan. Turn the burner up to high heat.

Coconut Oil - Bang Bang Calamari

When the oil is to temperature, spritzing it with water droplets will cause a dramatic sizzle.

Set up a plate with several paper towels covering it – this is to soak up the oil once the calamari is fried. This helps the calamari to crisp.

Add the calamari to the pan in small batches (I cooked mine in about three batches) – you don’t want to crowd the pan.

Bang Bang Calamari - In pan

You may need to tilt the pan to ensure “deep frying”. But be super careful if you do this – seriously; grease fires are no joke. Always use baking soda for a grease fire, NOT WATER.

Deep Frying - Bang Bang Calamari

Once the calamari is crisped, remove from the pan and lay on the paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Absorbing Oil - Bang Bang Calamri

Finally, serve your calamari with Tabasco sauce, cocktail sauce or just a wedge or two of lemon. Yum!

Bang Bang Calamari

If you’re not so much into the “Bang Bang” part of the calamari, just take out the cayenne pepper 😉

Enjoy!

– Nicole

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