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Beer-Battered Calamari with Garlic-Lemon Mayonnaise

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

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

Paula Kittelson Paula Kittelson
May 15, 2012

Ingredients

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

Steps

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  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
780
Calories from Fat
470
% Daily Value
Total Fat
52g
80%
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
260mg
86%
Sodium
1570mg
65%
Potassium
310mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
53g
18%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
0g
Protein
23g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 10 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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