Monday, August 11, 2014

Quick and Easy, Crispy Calamari Steak

Crispy and tender, quick and easy fried calamari steak

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Mine was really great and relaxing!
Today is the last day of vacation before school (and all the usual craziness) starts tomorrow. And I'm NOT ready! My boys can't wait to start, so I guess at least they must be ready. And that's what's most important!
Today I want to show you how you can make a super easy dinner for one of these lazy, vacation days. This dish is perfect for all those times you are not in the mood for spending too much time in the kitchen. All you need is to buy the calamari, and the rest you probably already have in your pantry.
As I mentioned before, I love calamari! They are versatile, not expensive, and have a sweet and delicate taste that easily combines with many ingredients. The calamari that you find at the store, most likely, have been previously frozen, which makes them more tender. Also, mine were already tenderized. Perfect and delicious!
Here is the recipe:

Ingredients: serving 4
  • 4 calamari steaks, total of about 1.25 lb
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of plain bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Preparation time: 20 minutes

Step 1: In a bowl or dish, beat the egg with salt and pepper. Soak the calamari steaks in the egg.
Step 2: Dip each steak in the bread crumb, pressing down so that it sticks to the egg, on both sides.
Step 3: In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, and cook the calamari about 4 minutes on each sides, until nicely golden.
Step 4: Sprinkle with salt, lemon juice and parsley.
Serve immediately over a fresh salad, or your favorite vegetable. 
Buon Appetito!


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  3. I made this tonight with a slight variation. I used half Panko and half breadcrumbs. This came out really delicious and very tender. Also added a pat of butter into my olive oil. Thanks for publishing this recipe. It is very quick and easy - My type of cooking.

  4. I tried this recipe tonight. I made a few variations by adding Panko and breadcrumbs together, and a pat of butter in with my olive oil. Served it over a salad. It came out golden and the calamari was very tender. Perfectly cooked. Thank you for publishing this. My kind of recipe - quick and easy.