This Low Carb Fried Calamari is perfectly crunchy and tender, it goes great with a harissa mayo dipping sauce! This is a very easy healthy low carb recipe with seafood that you’ll love. This delicious recipe tastes like the real deal!
Keto Calamari Recipe by Cast Iron Keto
Make your Low Carb Fried Calamari fresh. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, but it can become rubbery when reheated. If you’re using a fresh squid, make sure to wash the squid thoroughly after cutting it because there can still be a bit of blood or goo on it.
How to Make Low Carb Fried Calamari
First, find a good quality squid. Most grocers have frozen squid with either just the tubes or with tentacles as well. Try to find the ones with tentacles since they get super crunchy!
Next, slice the squid into rings. Then, dip them into egg then dredge through the low carb flour mixture.
Finally, toss the squid into a pan of hot oil and fry until golden and crispy.
How to Clean Calamari.
Here’s some content tips by Antya of Queen Keto, on how to clean and prepare your squid for a calamari recipe.
Calamari are beautiful mollusks. The best fishmongers will clean them for you, others won’t. Either way, if you can source fresh calamari, don’t hesitate. Cleaning them is a breeze. Many people are squeamish about handling fish, but really, there is nothing to it. If you wear disposable gloves, you’ll avoid touching the fish and your hands won’t smell for hours.
To clean and prepare a whole squid, you only need a pair of scissors:
- Remove the head, by grabbing it and pulling it gently but firmly so it comes away with the interiors.
- Remove the central gladius (the see-through, feather-like central support) by pulling it out in slow but steady motion.
- Peel off the thin, dark outer skin layer (optional).
- Scoop out any remaining innards and rinse the sack under running water.
- Cut out the fins, then cut across the body to obtain the classic calamari rings.
You can choose to discard the head, but you’d be missing out. If you remove beak and eyes with the help of your scissors, you’ll have delicious tentacles to cook with your rings and fins. Tentacles are perfectly edible and totally delicious.