Spain is famously known for their fried calamari. However, each region makes them differently. In this post, I will show you how to make fried calamari like they do in the Basque country. We are talking Rabas fritas.
These fried calamari have the most incredible textures & flavors, the dish is super easy to make and you can serve them as a tapas appetizer or even as a main course, next to some Spanish potatoes.
The beauty of this dish, is that you soak the squid rings in milk for 30 minutes before you cook them. This helps tenderize them while taming their fishy smell.
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I like to coat the squid rings in flour before I coat them in the batter. This helps the batter stick better to the squid rings. Make sure to use a light vegetable oil with a high heat point. Such as the sunflower oil I used. I also used cleaned frozen tubes of squid that I thawed out. But you can also use fresh squid to make this recipe.
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The BEST Fried Calamari of your LIFE | Recipe from Bilbao Spain
- 3 cleaned tubes of squid
- 2 cups cold milk 480 ml
- 1 organic cage-free egg
- 3/4 cup cold beer 180 ml
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 180 grams
- 1 cup sunflower oil 250 ml
- 1 lemon
- handful finely chopped parsley
- sea salt
Cut 3 cleaned tubes of squid into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) slices to end up with your squid rings, add them into a casserole dish, making sure they´re all in a single layer, add in some cold milk, enough to just cover the squid rings and add to the fridge
Meanwhile make the batter, crack in 1 egg into a large bowl, along with 1/2 tsp (3 grams) sea salt, whisk together, then add in 3/4 cup cold beer and whisk together, then add in 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour, add it in there a little at a time as you whisk together, once all the flour has been added and you end up with a light and creamy batter with no lumps, add to the fridge
After 30 minutes, remove the squid from the fridge, add 1/2 cup (60 grams) all-purpose flour into a casserole dish, along with 1/4 tsp (1.5 grams) sea salt, mix together, then transfer the squid rings (shaking off any excess milk) into the casserole dish with the flour, coat the squid rings in the flour mixture
Heat a large fry pan with a medium-high heat and add in 1 cup sunflower oil
While the oil is heating, coat the squid rings in the batter
After heating the oil for 5 minutes, start adding the coated squid rings into the hot oil, making sure to shake off any of the excess batter and making sure they´re all in a single layer (cook in batches), after 1 1/2 minutes flip the squid rings to fry the other side, after another 1 1/2 minutes remove the fried calamari from the pan and transfer into a dish with paper towels, continue to cook the rest of the squid rings in the same format
Once all the squid rings have bee fried, transfer them into a serving dish, garnish with lemon wedges and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!
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