Kalamarakia Tiganita: A Greek Crispy Fried Squid Recipe

 Kalamarakia tiganita is one of the most popular fish dishes in Greece. This Greek fried squid dish is a classic appetizer, not only in summer but also when people fast. I, on the other hand, like eating fried calamari with fried potatoes and a glass of ouzo every time I am near to the sea or I visit my local fish tavern. I wish I could be next to the sea every day drinking ouzo and eating kalamarakia tiganita. Until then, let's see how this delicious meze (appetizer) is made. 

I prefer my kalamarakia tiganita with a crispy crust simply seasoned with flour. For this crispy fried squid recipe, I use squid rings. I prefer this as the is already clean and only needs defrosting. The most frequent challenge when making fried calamari is that it sometimes appears chewy.  All you need to know is that chewiness occurs if the calamari is overcooked. I suggest that squid rings should be fried in sizzling oil for no longer than 3 minutes then drained on kitchen paper for 1 minute for a crusty texture outside and tenderness inside. To ensure the oil is hot enough, you dip one calamari ring and it should sizzle. That is when the frying oil is ready. 

This kalamarakia tiganita recipe serves 4 persons, takes 10 minutes to prepare, and around 3-4 minutes to cook. 

Kalamarakia Tiganita: A Greek Crispy Fried Squid Recipe

Kalamarakia Tiganita - Ingredients

  • 400 g of calamari, defrosted
  • 100 g of flour
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying

Kalamarakia Tiganita - How to Make

  1. Start this Greek crispy fried squid recipe by putting them in a bowl and sprinkling with salt, pepper, and any other seasoning of your choice (paprika or chili powder can be used for a spicier flavor). 
  2. Add the flour and mix well to coat evenly, shaking off any excess flour before cooking.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. 
  4. Fry in batches for no longer than 3 minutes and leave plenty of space between the rings. 
  5. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the rings out and place them on kitchen paper to dry for 1 minute.
  6. Sprinkle with salt. 
  7. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.
You can make kalamarakia tiganita any time of the year! Enjoy