Fried Calamari- Trieste Style!

Wow! What a weekend!!! Auntie D and Nonna left early yesterday afternoon, but from the look of our condo and all the foods we cooked in the last two days, you would think they had been here for months!!! I couldn’t decide which recipe to tell you about first, but finally decided on the fried calamari. Calamari can be intimidating to cook. They are squishy, look weird, and can be rubbery if not cooked properly. Luckily, we cooked them jusssttt right!!! They are actually a lot easier to cook than I previously thought.


Auntie & Nonna taught us the basic and easy way that my family made calamari growing up. It is much lighter than the fried calamari you would order in a restaurant. I LOVED the days that my mom decided to go to the seafood market growing up because I knew it often meant some fried calamari. It was the perfect addition to this menu, and a hit by all!

Here’s how to make them…

Fried Calamari- Trieste Style

1 lb cleaned calamari
1-2 cups flour
kosher salt to taste
1.5 cups canola or other similar frying oil

Heat the oil in a deep pot (so any oil that pops won’t pop around your kitchen). Dry the calamari very well with paper towels. Slice into even sized rings (about 1/4-1/2 inch thickness). Pour the flour into a medium sized bowl and season with just a sprinkle of salt. Toss the calamari in the flour, shaking off the excess. Once the oil is hot, drop a few pieces of calamari into the oil- do not crowd the pot. When the calamari turn a light brown color they are done, about 4 minutes. Pull them out with a slotted spoon and place on a plate covered with paper towels to catch the excess oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and enjoy!!


7 responses to “Fried Calamari- Trieste Style!

  1. Wow, major props to you for cooking calamari for your FIRST dinner party in your new home. Calamari is a dish that intimidates me because if you even mess up a tiny detail, there’s no going back and you can’t hide it. I might have to give this recipe a try though.

  2. YUMMMM!!!
    i have been horrified to attempt making calamari and yours is perfection
    think wheat flour would work??

  3. the calamari looks so good. I haven’t had that in awhile. That’s why I try to stay away bc its fried, but your version looks great.

  4. Woww that is an amazing endeavor!! Bravo lady! I always eat the tentacle ones and gross out my friends haha πŸ˜€

  5. rhodeygirltests

    Fitnessista: it would definitely work with whole wheat flour!!!

  6. Classic dish!!

    Miss you, dear Sabrina!!

  7. Calamari is scary! (to cook – not to eat – I love love LOVE to eat it!)

    This recipe seems pretty straight forward – thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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