– Fried Calamari with Spanish Paprika and Lemon –
These Fried Calamari with Spanish Paprika and Lemon are the next-level in fried calamari. Loaded with flavors, beyond easy to make and done in under 30 minutes. This is the perfect seafood tapas appetizer for any occasion, yet you can serve these calamari as a main course, next to some roasted potatoes and a simple salad. The secret to this recipe is to use some good-quality smoked paprika. I used Kiva´s sweet smoked Spanish paprika, truly a gem of a paprika and worth every penny.
– Where can I buy Tubes of Squid? –
The cleaned tubes of squid I used in this recipe are easily findable and very common here in Spain. If your supermarket does not carry them, check with a local Asian supermarket, they usually sell them, you will find them in the freezer section. You can also check with your local fishmonger, they usually carry them as well. Watch the video below on How to Make these Fried Calamari with Spanish Paprika and Lemon or check out the recipe card below, which you can print. Salud!
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Fried Calamari with Spanish Paprika and Lemon
- 2 frozen cleaned tubes of squid
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil
- lemon wedges to serve
- fresh parsley for garnish
Grab 2 frozen tubes of squid and rinse under cold running water, making sure to rinse out the inside of the body, pat dry the squid with paper towels and cut each body into 1/2-inch thick slices, add the squid rings into a bowl and drizzle in 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and set aside
Add 1 cup of all-purpose flour into a seperate bowl, along with a generous teaspoon of sweet smoked paprika, a generous teaspoon of sea salt and some freshly cracked black pepper, mix together until well combined, crack 2 organic eggs into another bowl, season with sea salt and beat the eggs
To coat each squid ring, add to the flour mixture first, then into the egg wash and then back into the flour, do this until all the squid rings are coated
Heat a fry pan with a medium-high heat and add 1/2 cup of sunflower oil, once the oil get´s very hot (about 3 to 4 minutes) start adding the squid rings, cook in batches to not over-crowd the pan, fry the rings for 1 minute per side, transfer to a plate with paper towels as you finish each batch
Add the fried calamari to a serving dish, along with a couple wedges of lemon and garnish with some freshly chopped parsley, enjoy!
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