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Kalamarakia Tiganita – A Traditional Greek Fried Calamari Recipe

Kalamarakia tiganita is a traditional Greek fried calamari recipe. If you live in Greece or happen to be a globe weather addict, you may have noticed that the weather in Greece during this period is just fabulous! It is like having spring in the middle of winter! And when it is so sunny and you live in this country, you can’t help thinking how great would it be to go near to the sea to eat some Greek calamari and drink some ouzo. When I am at my country home, I enjoy going to Gytheio and having kalamarakia tiganita with some ouzo! Well, life is busy especially if you have a family and is not always easy for an escapade. But, you can always cook some delicious kalamarakia tiganita and bring the summer feeling right in your home.

This traditional Greek fried calamari recipe can be served as main dish or side dish depending on how hungry you are. Either way, it is delicious. I almost forgot. Try to eat your kalamarakia tiganita (this is how this Greek calamari recipe is called) with fried potatoes. And of course, don’t forget the ouzo!

Greek Calamari Recipe

Kalamarakia Tiganita- Ingredients

  • 1 kg of calamari
  • 800 ml of Greek olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ of lemon for garnish

Kalamarakia Tiganita – Instructions

  1. Start making kalamarakia tiganita by placing the calamari into a bowl and clean them with plenty of water.
  2. Remove and throw away the insides and the eyes.
  3. Remove and throw away the thin skin.
  4. Cut into thin rings and cut the tentacles in half.
  5. Wash the calamari pieces in a colander.
  6. Allow them to drain.
  7. Add salt, pepper, and flour. Shake them so excessive flour is removed
  8. Add the olive oil to a pan. Bring to boil over high heat.
  9. Add the calamari to hot oil. Fry them until they get a nice golden color (max 3-4 minutes)
  10. Put them on absorbent paper.
  11. Taste to see if additional salt is needed. Add to taste.
  12. Squeeze a lemon over them.
  13. Serve while still hot.

I hope you enjoy this kalamarakia tiganita recipe. Stay tuned for more traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!

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