Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fried Calamari with Sautéed Garlic Sesame Spinach

I love fried calamari. I often order it as an appetizer at pretty much any restaurant I go to. It's a common dish usually served with a sauce like marinara or tzatziki. Today, I decided to make some at home. 

This is actually the first time I've made fried calamari. I've made grilled squid before at home but never fried calamari. I always thought it was too much work and I dislike frying things because it makes such a mess. Well today I was feeling ambitious! I had some squid tubes on hand and decided to make a low carb, gluten-free version. 

To my surprise, it was actually pretty easy! They tasted so delicious, I just served them with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. For a side, we had an abundance of spinach in the fridge so I decided to pair it with my favourite easy side dish, Sautéed Garlic Sesame Spinach. 



4 large squid tubes, cleaned
4 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp seasoning salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups of coconut oil for frying
1/2 lemon, cut into wedges


Heat coconut oil in a medium, deep sauce pan on high until 365°F is reached. 

Slice squid tubes into 1/2 of an inch thick rings. 

Combine coconut flour, 1/2 tsp of seasoning salt and black pepper. 

Dredge squid rings into coconut flour until well coated. 

Fry in oil for 2 - 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oil and transfer onto frying basket or sieve to drain excess oil.

Season with remaining seasoning salt. Serve hot with lemon wedges. 



1 lb of fresh spinach, washed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
salt & pepper to taste


In a wok or large deep skillet, sauté until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat & drain excess water. Set aside.

Heat olive oil on high. Add garlic & sesame oil until garlic is golden brown. Turn off heat.

Add spinach and season with salt & pepper to taste. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. 

Serve warm.

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