Beer-Battered Calamari with Garlic-Lemon Mayonnaise

Make pub-worthy, beer-battered calamari right at home. You can also substitute the squid with shrimp, fish or veggies.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 4



lb fresh squid bodies
cloves garlic, chopped
teaspoon lime juice
teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Beer Batter

cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
cup cold regular or nonalcoholic beer
Vegetable oil for deep frying

Garlic-Lemon Mayonnaise

cup mayonnaise
clove garlic, peeled
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste
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.

Expert Tips

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.