Deep fried calamari with garlic and lemon mayonnaise
2 eggs, beaten
500g/1lb 2oz squid, cut into 5mm/¼in rings
½ tsp salt
½ tsp smoked Spanish paprika (many supermarkets and delis sell smoked Spanish paprika. If you can’t get hold of any, use the traditional paprika instead)
½ tsp cayenne pepper
250g/9oz plain flour
vegetable oil, for deep frying
For the mayonnaise
200ml/7fl oz mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ lemon, juice only
- For the mayonnaise, mix all the ingredients together and set aside.
- For the calamari, place enough oil in a wok, large saucepan or deep-fat fryer to come halfway up the pan. Place over a medium heat. If you’re using a deep-fat fryer or have a thermometer, heat the oil to 180C/350F. If not, to check the oil is at the right temperature, drop a 2-3cm/¾-1¼in cube of bread into the hot oil. It should become golden and crispy in 1 minute.
- While the oil is heating, place the flour, cayenne, paprika and salt in a large sandwich bag. Drop in the squid and shake around to coat evenly. This may need to be done in two batches, depending on the size of the bag.
- Dip the floured squid into the beaten egg and then carefully drop into the hot oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes until golden. Remove from the oil and briefly drain on kitchen paper before serving with the garlic and lemon mayonnaise.