Calamari with Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs and Dipping Sauce


Italian Style Fried Calamari

Italian Calamari is one of my favorite appetizers.  But honestly, I don’t always like the way restaurants prepare it.  It’s kind of a hit and miss recipe for me.  You either know what you’re doing or you don’t and it’s so easy to make it just blows my mind when chefs screw it up.  So I have decided its important to add a few of my favorite Recipes over the last year that are definitely some of the best around.  My Salt and Pepper Calamari is so tender you won’t believe your mouth. Plus I talk about the secrets to that recipe in the link below.  If you’re interested in Sautéed Squid with Caramelized Onions and Seared Potatoes, then you should definitely check out this other recipe that derives it’s influence from Spain.  Both recipes, in my opinion, are absolutely incredible and that’s why, like many of my other recipes here on Poor Man’s, I’ve decided to take the time to film Video Recipe Tutorials for each of them on my YouTube Channel to be included with the ingredients.  In fact you may or may not have seen the last video I filmed, before this recipe, but it was indeed a Cleaning and Preparing Tutorial on Whole Squid for Calamari Recipes.  If that’s something you’re interested in watching, I’ll include a link for that below as well.  With that being said, I expect you’ll very much enjoy this recipe, if not one of the others, if perfection is what you’re looking for.

How to Clean and Prepare Whole Squid
Tender Salt and Pepper Calamari
Sauteed Squid

Calamari Ingredients:

1 lbs Squid, cleaned and prepared
1 dash of Salt
1/4 cup Corn Starch
1 egg
1/3 cup Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs (or regular Bread crumbs, then add 1 tsp Italian Seasoning)
Oil for Frying

Dipping Sauce

1/4 Mayonnaise
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Dill, fresh or dehydrated
1/8 tsp Garlic, minced

Be sure to watch the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this easy and tasty Italian style Calamari.

Squid – How to Clean and Prepare Whole Squid


How to Clean Squid

This is a real simple and basic Tutorial that takes you straight to Cleaning and Preparing Whole Squid to cook and fry in any Calamari Recipe.  There’s really isn’t anything to it.  Anyone can do it.  Just follow these simple basic methods and you’ll be on your way to cooking great Squid and/or Calamari.  If you need a recipe for those I’ll list a few that I’ve got available here below.  In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy the video!

CLICK HERE for Fried Salt and Pepper Calamari!

CLICK HERE for Sauteed Squid!

Be sure to watch the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to clean, cut and prepare a whole Squid.

Sautéed Squid with Onions, Potatoes and Peppers


The Best Sautéed Squid

This Sautéed Squid Recipe, truly is amazing.  It’s influence is derived from Spain due to the splash of Sherry Vinegar but truthfully, however, I don’t care where it comes from.  I would eat this cooked from any part of the world because it’s delicious.  I filmed this recipe late one Saturday Night, and my wife and I just devoured the entire plate.  So don’t just take my word for it.  My wife loves this recipe too.

If you don’t know how to prepare squid from scratch I’ve put together a quick video to teach you “How to Clean and Prepare whole Squid“.  I also have a Salt and Pepper Calamari recipe I’d like to share with you and a fried Italian style Calamari recipe, as well.

Sautéed Squid Ingredients:

1 lbs Squid/Calamari
1 Onion, sliced
1/4 Bell Pepper, sliced
12 Potatoes, small Charlotte
1/2 tsp Red Chili Flakes, crushed
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1/2 tsp Thyme, dried
1 tbsp fresh Parsley, chopped
1 tbsp Sherry Vinegar
1 tsp sugar, to Caramelize the onions
1/3 cup Olive Oil, for cooking

Salt and Pepper to taste

Be sure to watch the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this incredible Spanish style Sautéed Squid recipe.