Butter Garlic Squid Fry

I somehow always considered Squid/Calamari (a quick google search tells me it's the same thing) as restaurant food. I mean, we had it from restaurants mostly and never cooked at home.

However these days, the option of eating out is kinda nonexistent, and when we do take-outs, squids don't feature in it at all. So, I started buying it, mostly for a change from the usual stuff.

Salt and pepper squid is something we really loved while eating out and my plan was to recreate that at home. As always, I never stick with the plan and ended up with this. But, I heard no complaints from anyone!

Now, this is a super-duper easy recipe to make with minimal ingredients and if you have cleaned squid at hand, it hardly takes any time. If you are a fan of fried seafood recipes, then you'll love this. I wanted it to be super crunchy and planned the recipe accordingly. It worked well and we had super crunchy squid rings with some chilli mayo to add a spicy kick.

Hope you'll enjoy this.

Here is the recipe…

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Butter Garlic Squid Fry

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Course: Appetiser, Finger Food
Cuisine: Continental
Keyword: Squid Fry, Squid Crumb Fry, Starter recipes, Fried squid recipes
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 150 – 200 gms Cleaned squid, cut into rings (measured after cleaning)
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 2 – 3 tbsp Water
  • 1/2 cup Plain flour (maida)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1.5 – 2 tbsp Garlic butter (refer notes)
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Oil for deep frying (I used sunflower oil)

Instructions

  • Whisk the egg whites lightly. Add cornflour and water and make a thick batter. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Season the plain flour with salt and pepper.
  • Pat dry the cleaned squid rings with tissue. Dip the squid rings in egg whites and roll in seasoned flour mixture.
  • Shake off the excess flour and dip in the egg white mixture again.
  • Roll it in bread crumbs and make sure it's well coated.
  • You can do the above steps in batches.
  • Once the squids are coated with bread crumbs, deep fry them till it's cooked and golden brown in color.
  • In a wide pan, melt garlic butter. Add the fried squid rings to the melted butter and toss it well. Serve hot with a dip of your choice. We had it with chilli mayo.

Notes

I used Amul garlic spread. You can also use regular butter and add 1 tsp of minced garlic to it. Once the garlic begins to brown, add the fried squid. 
Though the last step of coating in the garlic butter is optional, I recommend it, if you like garlic flavor. You can see the homemade garlic butter recipe here
Make sure the squid is not over-fried, otherwise it will become rubbery. If you are cooking squid for the first time, I recommend you try frying 2-3 pieces first, to find out the correct cooking time and temp of the oil. 
 
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