Keto Fried Calamari

Tender calamari coated in a keto friendly batter and deep fried until crispy and golden brown.  One bite and you won’t believe this delicious appetizer is not only easy to make but also keto and low carb friendly!

Keto fried calamari served on a white plate with a slice of lemon and spicy mayo dipping sauce in center

One of our go-to appetizers to order at restaurants is always the fried calamari.

Although it’s not always the best low carb option, the whole family including my kids love it so it’s always a dish we like to start with.

More recently, I have been experimenting with keto seafood recipes and different batters.

That’s when realized I needed to include a calamari batter to our collection of recipes here on LCA.

After a few tries and a lot of squid, I believe I have the best fried calamari recipe made with keto friendly ingredients you can enjoy guilt-free!

This recipe is so simple and easy to make, I usually like to make a plate when we are entertaining or looking to add a simple side appetizer to a meal

Keto fried calamari being dipped into spicy mayo dipping sauce with a fingers

What is keto fried calamari?

Calamari is the Italian word for squid and is commonly battered and fried.  It’s also popular in many different countries and are prepared in various ways.  This keto fried calamari recipe has the same great taste while using keto friendly ingredients for those of you mindful of your carb intake.  It’s the best of both worlds!

What kind of squid should I use to make this keto fried calamari recipe?

For ease, I recommend frozen cleaned whole squid or pre-cut squid rings.  It will make this process much easier.  However, if you are not able to find it in your grocery frozen section, any type of squid that’s been cleaned will work.  Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the pieces.

Japanese sake next to marinating squid in a mix of Japanese sake and heavy cream

Why do you marinate the squid in heavy cream and Japanese sake?

Soaking the squid in heavy cream tenderizes the squid and sake removes the fishy taste that comes with cooking squid.  If you don’t have sake, you can also replace it with dry white or sherry wine.

Keto low carb friendly deep frying batter used to make fried calamari in a glass bowl

Do you have any tips in making keto fried calamari?

  • Make sure the squid pieces are completely dry before putting them in the batter.  This will ensure the batter sticks and doesn’t fall off during the frying process.
  • If the batter seems runny and not coating the squid, adjust by adding a tsp of almond flour at a time until desired consistency is attained
  • Make sure the oil is at around 375 F before frying.  This will ensure the coating will stick and crisp up, otherwise, it will be a soggy mess.

The special ingredients needed for this recipe are Almond Flour, Kewpie Mayo, Sriracha, and Worcestershire Sauce.  All these can be picked up on Amazon or a local/Asian Supermarket.

Now, let’s get making some Keto Fried Calamari!

  • Prepping Time 2M
  • Marinating Time 20M
  • Deep Fry Time 8M
  • Total Time 30M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~4g
  • Serving 2

Ingredients

Squid

  • 1/2 lbs Sliced Squid
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Japanese Sake (can sub with dry white wine)
  • 2 Cups Neutral Deep Frying Oil

Batter

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Sparkling Water

Sauce

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

2) Prepare squid(s) as needed and slice them into 1/2 inch pieces as shown below.

3) In a large mixing bowl, combine heavy cream, Japanese sake and sliced squid.  Set aside and marinate for 20 minutes.

4) In the meantime, prepare the sauce by combining Kewpie Mayo, Sriracha, and Worcestershire Sauce in a small mixing bowl.

5) Prepare batter by well combining Almond Flour, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, cayenne powder, white pepper, black pepper, eggs, and Sparkling Water into a large mixing bowl.

6) Once 20 minutes have passed for the squid marination, remove squid from the marinade, dry very well with a paper towel and transfer the squid into the batter mix, mix well ensuring even coat, and set aside.

7) Pour enough cooking oil to cover the squid into a fry pan of choice (we use a cast iron pan) and heat oil up to 375F (if you don’t have a thermometer, just wait until the oil starts to lightly smoke, about 3-5 minutes).  Note – it’s very important for the oil to be up to temp, otherwise, the batter will come off.

8) Once up to heat, reduce heat to medium, carefully add coated squid and cook for 30-40 seconds or until golden brown per side.  Once done, transfer squid to a drying rack for 1-2 minutes.

9) Once excess oil is removed from the squid, transfer to a serving plate and serve with sauce from step 4)!

Hope you enjoy your Keto Fried Calamari!

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Keto fried calamari being dipped into spicy mayo dipping sauce with a fingers

 

Keto fried calamari served on a white plate with a slice of lemon and spicy mayo dipping sauce in center

 

Keto fried calamari served on a white plate with a slice of lemon and spicy mayo dipping sauce in center

Keto Fried Calamari

Tender calamari coated in a keto friendly batter and deep fried until crispy and golden brown. One bite and you won’t believe this delicious appetizer is not only easy to make but also keto and low carb friendly!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: fried calamari, keto seafood recipe
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Marinating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 441kcal

Ingredients

Squid

  • 1/2 lbs Squid
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Japanese Sake can sub with dry white wine

Batter

  • 2 Cups Neutral Deep Frying Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Sparkling Water

Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Kewpie Mayo can sub with regular mayo, but will alter flavor
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Prepare squid(s) as needed and slice them into 1/2 inch pieces as shown below.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine heavy cream, Japanese sake and sliced squid. Set aside and marinate for 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sauce by combining Kewpie Mayo, Sriracha, and Worcestershire Sauce in a small mixing bowl.
  • Prepare batter by well combining Almond Flour, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, cayenne powder, white pepper, black pepper, eggs, and Sparkling Water into a large mixing bowl.
  • Once 20 minutes have passed for the squid marination, remove squid from the marinade, dry very well with a paper towel and transfer the squid into the batter mix, mix well ensuring even coat, and set aside.
  • Pour enough cooking oil to cover the squid into a fry pan of choice (we use a cast iron pan) and heat oil up to 375F (if you don’t have a thermometer, just wait until the oil starts to lightly smoke, about 3-5 minutes). Note - it's very important for the oil to be up to temp, otherwise, the batter will come off.
  • Once up to heat, reduce heat to medium, carefully add coated squid and cook for 30-40 seconds or until golden brown per side. Once done, transfer squid to a drying rack for 1-2 minutes.
  • Once excess oil is removed from the squid, transfer to a serving plate and serve with sauce from step 4)!

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Nutrition

Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 302mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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