I am a sucker for perfectly fried calamari. I will literally pick a restaurant based on whether or not they have calamari on the menu. There is just something about the light crisp batter and the tender squid inside. Yes, I know the word squid can be a bit off putting but seriously. It’s good. If you’ve never tried it before, this is the perfect way to ease yourself into it. With a quick fry, a topping of tomatoes, capers and kalamata olives it’s crispy, briny, savory goodness.
If you are familiar with pasta puttanesca, you will realize that this is missing anchovies. I did that intentionally. With pasta puttanesca, the anchovies are cooked and add an amazing depth of flavor to the sauce. With this, since the sauce is not cooked, and knowing neither Ryan nor I like anchovies in salads, I skipped that step. I personally think it was a good choice. The tomatoes, capers and olives are briny and savory enough for me. If you would like the added kick that anchovies give, I’d chop one into tiny pieces and mix it well with the other ingredients.
One note on frying calamari: It doesn’t take long at all. I suggest a cooking time of two minutes. If you go too long it gets rubbery.
If you are looking for another scrumptious calamari recipe, you have GOT to try Salt and Pepper Calamari.