Calamari Fries with Homemade Cocktail Sauce and Ponzu Mayo

TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 5 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

HOMEMADE COCKTAIL SAUCE:
PONZU MAYO:
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Directions

Heat canola oil to 360 degrees F in a pot.

Slice the squid against the grain into strips. Mix the flour with some sea salt and black pepper and pour out onto a plate. Dredge the squid first in the flour, then in the eggs, and then in the breadcrumbs. Fry until golden and crispy, 20 seconds. Drain on a wire rack.

Place the calamari fries in a glass and garnish with lemon wedges. Serve with the Homemade Cocktail Sauce and Ponzu Mayo in shot glasses.
Mix the ketchup, horseradish, paprika, cayenne, lemon zest, Worcestershire and lemon juice in a bowl, and season with black pepper.
Mix together the mayonnaise, chili sauce, ponzu and garlic in a bowl.

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  • on May 09, 2012

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    I never made calamari before, so I was a little nervous, especially when I had so much trouble finding the squid. This was not too surprising since I live in the middle of Wisconsin! I did find some frozen squid at one supermarket and I was fired up. I followed Nadia's recipe to the letter.

    The result was fantastic! Everyone said it was the absolutely best calamari they ever had, and some of the guests have ordered it regularly all over the country. Everyone raved over the ponzu mayo and were all figuring out what else to use it on. I wouldn't change a thing!

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  • on April 16, 2012

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    I did not make the cocktail sauce, so I can't say how that part of the recipe tastes, but the calamari and ponzu mayo is really good. The calamari was very tender and the coating was nice and crispy. I did need a little more panko than the recipe calls for. I would suggest breading all the calamari and having them all ready to go before you begin cooking. You need to be ready to move quick since the calamari has such a short cooking time. I will definitely be making this again as it was a hit with the family!

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