Fried calamari with tartar sauce: Crispy deliciousness


If you love a seafood starter, this mouth-watering fried calamari with tartar sauce is for you. This recipe will guide you to prepare calamari that will taste as if it as prepared in a restaurant.

If you are looking for a starter that your family will love, this recipe is the ultimate choice. In fact, after one bite, your family members will wish that there was enough to transform the starter to the main meal.

The secret to making the most delicious fried calamari with tartar sauce

A secret to getting your fried calamari with tartar sauce super delicious is to make sure you coat the calamari pieces thoroughly with buttermilk and flour. Make sure you do not fry more than eight to ten pieces of calamari at a time. Cook each batch for two to three minutes until golden brown.

In order to get the tartar sauce rich and creamy, make sure you use real Mayonnaise when whipping together the tartar sauce.

When ready, serve the calamari warm with creamy tartar sauce. Enjoy!

Fried calamari with tartar sauce recipe

5 from 1 vote

Recipe by Msi Muzi Mathebula
Course: StarterCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy

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1 kg calamari rings and tentacles

1 cup buttermilk

cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons salt plus pepper

¼ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

vegetable oil for frying

2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

Tartar sauce

1 cup real Mayonnaise

1 cup finely chopped dill pickles

1 tablespoon dill (fresh or frozen), OR 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion


Place the calamari in a bowl with the buttermilk and stir to combine.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Heat 3-4 inches of oil in a large deep pot to 375°C.
Place the flour, salt, paprika, pepper and garlic powder in a medium bowl; stir to combine.
Remove each piece of squid from the buttermilk and dredge in the flour. Repeat the process until all pieces are coated.
Place 8-10 pieces of squid in the oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove the squid from the oil and drain it on paper towels. Repeat the process with the remaining squid.
Sprinkle additional salt over the squid if desired, and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately with the tartare sauce.
Tartar sauce
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
Add more lemon juice or pickles if desired.
Serve with the calamari.


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