Keto Fried Calamari

I’m thrilled to share my Keto Fried Calamari recipe with you – a crispy delight that’s perfect for appetizers or as a main dish! Crafted with keto, low-carb, and gluten-free ingredients, this recipe boasts just 4 net carbs per serving, making it a guilt-free delight. Dive into a flavorful experience that’s both easy to prepare and utterly satisfying!

Keto fried calamari served on a white plate with spicy mayo dipping sauce.

Why I Love This Recipe

I’m genuinely excited about this Keto Fried Calamari recipe because it offers a guilt-free way to enjoy one of my favorite dishes – crispy fried squid! Using my signature keto-friendly beer batter, inspired by my beloved Keto Old Bay Fish Fry recipe, adds a unique flavor to this classic dish. Marinating the squid in a wine and cream brine before frying ensures tender calamari with a flavorful crunch!

Whether served as a main course or appetizer, this dish promises to satisfy cravings with its crunchy coating and tender squid, especially when paired with my spicy mayo dipping sauce. If you’re on a keto journey and craving the taste of the sea, this fail-proof recipe is a must-try!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Squid – frozen pre-sliced squid or calamari rings is the easiest way to make this recipe. Can also use whole cleaned squid with beak and cuttlebone removed.
  • Heavy Cream – heavy cream or heavy whipping cream. 
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Oil – preferred vegetable oil for deep frying.
  • Almond Flour – fine ground Almond Flour for a keto, gluten-free and low-carb recipe.
  • Parmesan Cheese – grated in a bottle.
  • Garlic Powder – ground garlic powder.
  • Cayenne Pepper ground Cayenne Pepper.
  • White Pepper – ground in a bottle.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Eggs – beaten.
  • Sparkling Water – unflavored carbonated sparkling water.
  • Mayonnaise – use Japanese Kewpie Mayo. Can substitute with regular mayo but will alter flavor.
  • Sriracha – Asian style chill sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce Worcestershire Sauce packed in a bottle. Found in grocery stores.

Keto fried calamari being marinated in heavy cream.

Directions

Step 1 Start by soaking the squid rings in a mixture of heavy cream, sake, or white wine for 20 minutes to tenderize and remove any fishiness.

Brine for squid in a mixing bowl.

Step 2 Next, prepare the dipping sauce by mixing mayo, Sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.

Dipping sauce for fried calamari in a mixing bowl.

Step 3 Create the batter by combining almond flour, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, cayenne powder, white pepper, black pepper, eggs, and sparkling water in another bowl.

Batter for fried calamari.

💡 Batter Pro Tip

After preparing the batter, Work Swiftly because the longer it sits, the more liquid the almond flour will absorb, resulting in a thicker consistency.

Step 4 After marinating, remove the squid rings, pat them dry with a paper towel, and dip them in the batter. Deep fry the squid rings until they turn golden brown, which should take about 30-40 seconds per side.

Squid coated with batter.

💡 Deep Frying Pro Tip

Make sure the oil reaches 375°F before frying, and Avoid Overcrowding the pan to maintain the oil temperature consistently.

Step 5 Place the fried calamari on a drying rack briefly to remove excess oil, and serve them with the dipping sauce.

Squid being deep fried.

🍽️ Serving Pro Tip

For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding a Wedge of Lemon or a Drizzle of Lemon Juice.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair my this dish with a side of healthy greens like my Crispy Baked Garlic Kale Chips.

Keto fried calamari being picked up with fingers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh or frozen squid for this recipe?

Yes, you can use both fresh or frozen squid for this recipe. However, if using frozen squid, ensure it is completely thawed before marinating.

Can I make the batter ahead of time?

While it's possible to make the batter ahead of time, it's recommended to prepare it fresh to maintain its ideal consistency. Over time, the batter may thicken, affecting the texture of the batter.

Can I bake the calamari instead of frying it?

Due to the nature of the batter used in this recipe, it's best to fry. Frying provides the initial crispiness and seals the batter around the calamari.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, transfer into an airtight container and refrigerate it for 2-3 days. For reheating, consider refrying, air frying, or using an oven to preserve its texture.

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Keto fried calamari served on a white plate with spicy mayo dipping sauce.

Keto Fried Calamari

Indulge in my Keto Fried Calamari – a guilt-free twist on a classic favorite! Crispy, tender squid coated in a flavorful keto-friendly beer batter, served with a zesty spicy mayo dipping sauce. Perfect for appetizers or as a satisfying main dish. Dive into this easy-to-make, low-carb delight today!
4.35 from 20 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: keto calamari
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 substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine

Batter

Sauce

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for keto calamari on the countertop.
  • Prepare squid(s) as needed and slice them into 1/2 inch pieces as shown below.
    Sliced squid.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine heavy cream, Japanese sake or white wine and sliced squid. Set aside and marinate for 20 minutes.
    Brine for squid in a mixing bowl.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sauce by combining mayo, Sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce in a small mixing bowl.
    Dipping sauce for fried calamari in a 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.
    Batter for fried calamari.
  • 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.
    Squid coated with batter.
  • Pour enough cooking oil to cover the squid into a vessel of choice and heat oil up to 375F. Note - it's very important for the oil to be up to temperature, 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.
    Squid being deep fried.
  • Once excess oil is removed from the squid, transfer to a serving plate and serve with sauce from step 4).
    Keto calamari served on a plate.

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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4 Comments

  1. Really tasty! This fried calamari surprised me. It tastes the same as I’ve had at many restaurants.

  2. So happy with how this calamari turned out!
    Thanks for a fantastic recipe 🙂
    We left out the black pepper and cayenne pepper for our young daughter and it still tasted fabulous with just lemon juice.
    Going to try a lot more of your recipes after this success 🙂

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Ellen! So glad you liked the calamari recipe and hope you like our other recipes just as much!

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