Golden Medley Calamari Fritti


Dive into the crisp, golden world of our Golden Medley Calamari Fritti. A beloved classic in Italian cuisine, this dish features tender calamari rings and tentacles, lightly battered and fried to perfection. Each bite offers a delightful crunch, leading to the succulent, slightly sweet taste of fresh calamari. It's an irresistible starter or a must-have at any gathering.

Golden Medley Calamari Fritti

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Resting Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 portion (approximately 150g)

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 150mg
  • Sodium: 400mg


  • Fresh calamari, cleaned and sliced into rings – 1 pound (450g)
  • All-purpose flour – 1 cup (120g)
  • Cornstarch – ¼ cup (30g)
  • Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon (5g)
  • Paprika – ½ teaspoon (2.5g)
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon (5g)
  • Black pepper – ½ teaspoon (2.5g)
  • Lemon zest – 1 teaspoon (5g)
  • Club soda or sparkling water – ¾ cup (180ml)
  • Vegetable oil – for frying
  • Lemon wedges – for serving
  • Marinara sauce – for dipping

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Rinse calamari and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Cut into rings and leave tentacles whole.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, and lemon zest.
  4. Gradually add club soda to the dry ingredients, whisking until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  6. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C).
  7. Dip calamari pieces into the batter and fry in batches until golden and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per batch.
  8. Drain on paper towels.
  9. Serve hot with lemon wedges and marinara sauce for dipping.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Calamari Freshness: Ensure the calamari is fresh for the best flavor and texture.
  • Batter Consistency: Adjust the club soda amount for a batter that is neither too thick nor too runny.
  • Oil Temperature: Maintain a consistent oil temperature to avoid soggy calamari.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dish gluten-free?

Yes, use a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour.

How do I know when the calamari is perfectly cooked?

The calamari should be golden brown and crispy. Overcooking can make it rubbery.

Can I add other spices to the batter?

Absolutely, feel free to experiment with different spices to suit your taste.

Our Golden Medley Calamari Fritti is not just a dish; it's a celebration of the sea's bounty, wrapped in a crisp, golden coat. Whether it's served at a lively family gathering or as a treat to yourself, this dish promises to bring joy and flavor to any table. Dive into this crispy delight and let every bite take you on a journey to the sunny coasts of Italy!