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How to Marinate & Fry Squid

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Nicole Adams is an accomplished writer, publishing in print and online. She has submitted hundreds of articles for websites, including CBS Local and Education.com. Adams earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology with concentrated studies in health and nutrition, and animal behavior and nutrition. She loves to cook and volunteers in animal rescue.
How to Marinate & Fry Squid
Fried squid is often served with lemon wedges. Photo Credit Paul_Brighton/iStock/Getty Images

Fried squid, better known as fried calamari, is a popular appetizer dish in many cuisines. There are a wide variety of ways to prepare fried squid, from mild to spicy, with a range of flavors. Squid can have a rubbery texture if it is not cooked right since it is a delicate fish. Marinating it in milk or buttermilk helps to tenderize the squid before cooking it. Fried squid can be enjoyed in its simplicity or with a multitude of flavored dips.

Step 1

Cut the squid body into 1/2-inch rings.

Step 2

Mix minced garlic into the milk in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Soak the squid rings in the bowl of milk.

Step 4

Cover and refrigerate the bowl of squid overnight.

Step 5

Preheat a deep skillet with 1 to 2 inches of vegetable oil over high heat. The oil should reach 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 6

Season the flour with garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well with a fork or whisk.

Step 7

Drain the squid rings using a colander and discard the milk.

Step 8

Place the squid into the flour and toss to coat well.

Step 9

Carefully drop the squid rings into the oil and fry for about 1 minute, or until they turn a light gold.

Step 10

Take the fried squid out of the skillet with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels.

Step 11

Garnish the fried squid with lemon wedges or chopped jalapeno peppers.

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