Calamares or Calamari is a deep-fried squid dish from the Mediterranean Region. It is a dish that is made out of batter-coated then deep fried squid served with different condiments depending on the country, some popular ones are in Southeast Asia where they normally use sweet chilli sauce, in the Mediterranean they use lemon, in Philippines they use a mix of catsup and mayonnaise, in America they use tartar sauce and so on.
This is a really simple dish to make and it only consists of batter and squid which is deep-fried quickly. The secret to this dish is how long it was cooked (preferably less than 2 minutes) and whether you have the right oil temperature (it should not be so hot to burn it but not too cold to make it soggy). My daughter loves this a lot and every time she smells something deep-fried in our kitchen she always ask if its Calamares that I am cooking.
Enjoy this dish as a side dish or appetizer, In Philippines we use it as beer match!
500g squid tubes, cut into rings
2 medium eggs, beaten
2 tbsp fish sauce
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1. In a bowl combine together eggs, fish sauce and squid, let it marinate for at least an hour.
2. In a separate bowl with cover combine flour, cornstarch, cayenne and freshly ground pepper
3. Place the coated squid one by one on the bowl with the flour mixture, cover and shake until coated evenly
4. In a pot heat oil in a high temperature and deep fry the squid, fry only for a maximum of 2 minutes otherwise it will have a rubbery texture.