Beer-Battered Calamari with Garlic-Lemon Mayonnaise

Beer-Battered Calamari with Garlic-Lemon Mayonnaise

Blogger Paula Kittelson from Blogging Foods shows you how to make a restaurant favorite at home with a recipe for crunchy calamari.

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Total Time

1:20

Hr:Mins

Makes

4 to 6

servings

Calamari
1
lb fresh squid bodies
2
cloves garlic, chopped
1/2
teaspoon lime juice
1/2
teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Beer Batter
2
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1
tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1
cup cold regular or nonalcoholic beer
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Garlic-Lemon Mayonnaise
1
cup mayonnaise
1
clove garlic, peeled
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste
2
tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  1. Thoroughly rinse squid; pat dry. Cut into 1/4-inch rings; place in medium bowl. Add 2 chopped garlic cloves, the lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste; stir to coat. Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes to marinate.
  2. Meanwhile, in deep bowl, mix 1 cup of the flour, the olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, the red pepper and black pepper to taste. Slowly add beer, stirring gently until batter is smooth. Cover; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  3. In food processor, place mayonnaise, 1 garlic clove and the lemon juice. Cover; process until garlic is chopped and mixture is blended. Transfer to small bowl; season with salt and black pepper. Stir in basil. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  4. In deep fryer or heavy saucepan, heat 2 inches vegetable oil to 375°F. In shallow bowl, place remaining 1 cup flour. Dip squid rings in flour, shaking off excess, then coat completely with beer batter. Fry squid in batches in hot oil until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Serve calamari hot with Garlic-Lemon Mayonnaise.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Keep calamari warm on a cookie sheet in a 250°F oven while you’re frying the rest. Don’t overcrowd the pan while frying.
You can use this same beer batter and cooking method with any of your favorite seafood and vegetables.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
        Exchanges: Free*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.