Fried Calamari

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What you need

3 medium  sized calamari hoods – cleaned and washed

1 cup fine Semolina

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Olive oil for shallow frying

Juice of 1 lemon

1 fresh red chilli – finely chopped (optional)

What to do

Slice calamari hoods into thin rings (approx ½cm thickness)

Combine the Semolina, salt and pepper in a bowl, then add the calamari and mix well to coat all the rings.

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan (just in case the hot oil splashes) on a medium heat. Use a piece of bread to test if the oil the hot enough – you know it is hot enough when the oil sizzles as soon as you drop the bread into the pan.

Shake off access semolina, then carefully drop a few rings of calamari at a time into the oil. Allow to cook for 1 minute on one side, then turn and cook for a further minute on the other side.

Remove and drain on paper towel – keep warm

Repeat until all the calamari is cooked – you might need to add a little more oil to the pan.

Place cooked calamari on a platter and sprinkle with lemon juice and chopped chilli – serve immediately with a salad and home made chips.

Serves 4.

Here’s the gluten free version – Fried Calamari Bree Style

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