Gluten-Free Fried Calamari Recipe

This is one of my favourite recipes, although it didn’t quite make the cut in my book. Fried calamari is one of those things that I really miss having at restaurants. There are a few great places that serve gluten-free versions of this appetizer, like Chatterpaul’s in Whitby (a great restaurant, by the way) – but this has the added bonus of also being corn-free too!

Ingredients:

1 cup Brown rice flour
1/2 cup Tapioca starch
1 tbsp each Dried spices of your choice
1 tsp each Salt and papper
1 Egg
1/2 cup Milk substitute (soy, rice, almond or other)
1 lb Calamari rings
Grapeseed oil for frying

Instructions:

1. Combine brown rice flour with tapioca starch in a shallow dish.

Step 1: Mix flours

Step 1: Mix flours

2. Add dried spices to flour. Here, I’ve used oregano, basil, garlic, paprika and chili. I also added pink sea salt and pepper.

Step 2: Add spices

Step 2: Add spices

3. In a second shallow dish, beat egg with milk substitute until well mixed.

Step 3: Beat egg with milk substitute

Step 3: Beat egg with milk substitute

 
4. Moisten both sides of calamari rings in egg mixture. If your calamari is frozen, you may want to let it soak for about 30 seconds to really let the egg mixture soak in.
 
Step 4: Moisten calamari in egg mixture

Step 4: Moisten calamari in egg mixture

5.  Transfer moistened calamari into flour and spice mixture to coat.

Step 5: Transfer to flour/spice mix

Step 5: Transfer to flour/spice mix

 

 6. Heat a generous amount of grapeseed oil over medium heat in a large frying pan. I use grapeseed oil instead of olive oil because it has a higher smoking point and is better for frying.

Step 6: Fry in grapeseed oil

Step 6: Fry in grapeseed oil

 

7.  Fry for 2-3 minutes until browned, then flip to cook other side. While calamari is cooking, you can start soaking and dusting your next batch of rings so they’re ready to go.

Step 7: Flip calamari

Step 7: Flip calamari

 

8.  Once both sides are brown, remove and set aside. You can place the cooked calamari over a paper towel to drain off excess oil.

Step 8: Remove from frying pan

Step 8: Remove from frying pan

 

9. I served this with red quinoa (a great source of protein with a complete amino acid profile) and steamed nappa cabbage. ENJOY!

Step 9: Serve and enjoy!

Step 9: Serve and enjoy!

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