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Deep-fried calamari with lemon mayonnaise

Prep time over 2 hours
Cook time over 2 hours
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen


  1. For the calamari, open up the squid tubes and slice into 2cm/¾in strips.

  2. Coat with flour and season.

  3. Place in the fridge for 2 hours. By doing this you'll find the flour will melt onto the squid creating a form of self-batter. When fried it will be deliciously crisp. It is not a traditional method, but an excellent alternative.

  4. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown, drain on kitchen towel and serve with lemon mayonnaise.

  5. For the lemon mayonnaise, mix all ingredients together and serve with the calamari.


For the calamari

  • 400g/14oz squid tubes
  • plain white flour to coat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for deep-frying

For the lemon mayonnaise

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ a lemon, juiced
  • 3 sprigs of dill, chopped

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