Crispy Squid Rings Recipe


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Crispy Squid Rings Recipe teaching you to make that perfect crumbed calamari

A good old fashioned crispy squid rings recipe is an important recipe to have in your repertoire. There is nothing quite like crumbed calamari, or crumbed squid rings to take the edge of that craving. The beauty of this recipe is you can also use it to actually know how to cook squid rings without frying. You can be a little more adventurous and add some seasoning to create chilli garlic squid rings as well. Crumbed calamari is a favourite for an easy to cook dinner.

We also stock a full range of fresh and ready to cook octopus and calamari

Recipe supplied by Sydney Seafood School. Check out their website for more great seafood recipes and cooking tips, answers to frequently asked seafood questions and the full program of cooking classes at the Sydney Fish Market.

Serves: 6


  • 1kg small Loligo Squid, cleaned
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups fresh breadcrumbs (see notes)
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • Lemon wedges, for serving



Wiping the membrane out of the inside of the squid tubes is the key to tender, rather than chewy, squid. The other important tip is to let the oil temperature recover between batches, or the coating will absorb too much oil and be soggy rather than crisp.


Step 1

Slice the squid tubes into two or three sections, turn them inside out, wipe firmly with a clean, damp cloth to remove any membrane, then slice into rings. Cut tentacles in half.

Step 2

Season flour well with salt and pepper and place in a bowl. Place egg in another bowl and breadcrumbs in a third bowl.

Step 3

Dust squid in flour, shaking off any excess, then dip into egg, drain well and coat in breadcrumbs. Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Heat oil in a wok or deep-fryer to 180ºC.

Step 5

Deep-fry squid, in batches, for 1-2 minutes, until golden and crisp; drain on paper towel. Skim oil between batches to remove any loose crumbs.

Step 6

Sprinkle with salt and serve with lemon wedges.



To make fresh breadcrumbs, pulse day-old bread in a food processor until finely crumbed. It’s a great way to use up stale bread and you can keep them in the freezer to use whenever breadcrumbs are required.

Alternative species: Gould Squid, Southern calamari / Squid Medium


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