Calamari Fritti Recipe, Octopus Fried In Batter

Octopus calamari fritti recipe image
Octopus, Calamari Fritti Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

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I’ll show you my calamari fritti recipe today, there’s now how to prepare delicious octopus yourself step by step.

I like to use mini octopus for calamari fritti, always buy them frozen and then let them thaw slowly in cold water.

There are two ways to fry the calamari: turn the calamari in flour and then fry, or turn the calamari in flour and dip in the batter and then fry.

As a side dish, I prepare an olive oil potato salad, which is very similar to our vinegar and oil potato salad , with the addition of fresh marjoram for refinement.

When all the ingredients are prepared, this dish is on the table and on the plate in 30 minutes.

I took all the pictures this time with the iPhone®.

I would be happy if you try this dish and share it with your friends.

1. Recipe Calamari Fritti

After the step-by-step instructions with a picture, the detailed recipe follows with all quantities.

I wish you good luck!

Calamari Fritti – Octopus Fried In Batter With Potato Salad

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 1355
Total Time 40 Min.

Easy instructions for preparing calamari in batter.

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Octopus calamari fritti recipe image
Octopus, Calamari Fritti Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

Preparation Time

30 Min.

Ingredients

Potato salad with olive oil and marjoram

350 g Potatoes (raw, peeled)
30-50 ml white wine vinegar
40 ml Olive oil

Calamari fritti: Octopus deep fried or deep fried in batter

some primal salt
some black ground pepper

Potato salad with olive oil and marjoram

1 tsp brown cane sugar
some majoram (freshly plucked)
1 Piece red onions

Calamari fritti: Octopus deep fried or deep fried in batter

20 Pieces mini-octopus
100 g flour
1 Piece eggs
some milk
700 g Vegetable oil (for frying)

decoration and others

1 Stück Lemon (or lime)
6 tbsp Mayonnaise
some Cress (or radish sprouts)
some leaf salad mixed (for dipping)

Instruction

Olive oil potato salad while marinating
That looks delicious, the herbs look good and taste great.

Prepare salad

Wash the potatoes and boil them in salted water.

Drain and peel the potatoes.

Slice the potatoes and marinate with the remaining ingredients.

Add the onion cut into strips.

Serve the potato salad in a bowl with the olive oil.

Mayonnaise ingredients bowl
Ingredients for mayonnaise prepared in a bowl.

Prepare mayonnaise

Make your own mayo or use mayo from the fridge.

Use a hand mixer and room temperature ingredients:

–> 2 pieces of egg yolk

–> 4 pinches of salt

–> 1/2 tsp mustard medium hot mustard or Dijon mustard

stir

–> Slowly stir in 240 ml sunflower oil

–> With 2 tsp lemon juice as well

–> Add 4 pinches of pepper and 1-2 tablespoons of water as required.

Defrost octopus
Octopus defrosting on a sieve.

Prepare octopus

Thaw mini octopus in cold water, drain in a colander.

Octopus in flour
Octopus and shrimp are coated in flour before frying.

Prepare flour

Then put the seafood in a bowl with flour.

Coat the octopus thoroughly in flour, the flour draws out the moisture and later ensures a crispy coating or the batter sticks.
roll the octopus in flour

Flouring

Dredge the seafood well in flour as the flour attracts moisture.

Ingredients for batter for frying
The remaining flour is simply used for the batter.

Prepare batter

Remove the seafood from the bowl and make a batter with the remaining flour and fresh flour and egg.

batter mixed with whisk.
Baking dough without lumps at best, with gluten-free flour it’s not that easy.

Prepare batter

The batter should be firm and fall off the spoon with difficulty.

Frying octopus made easy Prepare everything well!
Prepare everything ready to hand for frying, then the octopus recipe will surely succeed!

Prepare frying

Heat the fat to 170°C, prepare the floured seafood and the dough.

Mini octopus coated in batter, raw
The batter only sticks to the floured octopus, ie to the octopus that has previously been coated in flour. This is similar to the Wiener Schnitzel!

Dipping in dough

Dip the floured seafood one by one into the batter

octopus being fried in hot fat
The ideal frying temperature is 160-170°C. Turning is necessary to create an even, nice golden brown and crispy coating.

Frying calamari

Fry the calamari in hot fat.

Fried octopus on baking sheet.
After frying, place the baked octopus in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. So you can take care of the side dishes.

Keep warm

Store the baked calamari in a roasting pan and keep warm in the oven at 160-180°C.

Calamari Fritti served

Serve

Prepare the mayonnaise, lettuce and decorations, taste the potato salad again, arrange everything and serve quickly.

2. Calories (kcal) And Nutritional Values

3. Make Olive Oil Potato Salad Yourself

The olive oil potato salad is a simple and quick potato salad. Please boil the potatoes first and then peel them thoroughly.

For the potato salad, I use shape-retaining, waxy potatoes – which are also called “fatty” potatoes and potato varieties , or predominantly waxy potato varieties such as:

Potato varieties for salad: Agria, Bamberger Hörnchen, Hansa, Linda, Marabel, Sieglinde, Ditta, Cilena, Nicola, Selma . The floury potatoes are better for mashed potatoes and potato dough.

Ingredients recommended by chef Thomas Sixt
boiled, peeled potatoes
boiled, peeled potatoes prepared in a deep plate.
Potatoes for potato salad
Sliced potatoes cook faster.

Now cut the potatoes into slices , add salt, pepper, sugar, white wine vinegar, olive oil and fresh marjoram .

Since I’m going to eat the potato salad right away and want it a bit crispy, I add red onions.

You can find the potato salad and onion thing with every potato salad recipe on my cooking blog .

The potato salad with onions must be eaten immediately.

The onion starts to ferment relatively quickly , there are only three variants for onions in potato salad :

  1. Cut the onions fresh just before serving and mix with the potato salad. Eat everything promptly – the potato salad has a limited shelf life (also when stored in a cool place).
  2. Briefly blanch the onion cubes, then mix into the salad when cooled – can be kept refrigerated for about a day.
  3. Marinate the onion cubes in a little vinegar and sugar for about 10 minutes and then mix them in without the marinade – they can be kept refrigerated for about a day.
Cut red onions into strips
Cut the peeled red onions into strips
Onion in vinegar
Red onion cubes in vinegar with sugar, the marinade makes the onion last a little longer.

4. Fry the Calamari

Next, everything is prepared for frying:

–> Vegetable fat in the wok, floured octopuses, batter.

–> Now either put the mini octopus directly from the flour into the hot fat or first dip them into the prepared batter. Calamari fritti in two variants!

–> Next, place the batter-covered mini seafood in the hot fat and fry until golden brown. These are calamari fritti at its best!

–> Place the freshly baked seafood on a tray and keep it warm and crispy in the oven at 140-180°C. You can do this for about 10 minutes.

Frying octopus made easy Prepare everything well!
Prepare everything ready to hand for frying, then the octopus recipe will surely succeed!
Mini octopus coated in batter, raw
The batter only sticks to the floured octopus, ie to the octopus that has previously been coated in flour. This is similar to the Wiener Schnitzel!
octopus being fried in hot fat
The ideal frying temperature is 160-170°C. Turning is necessary to create an even, nice golden brown and crispy coating.
Fried octopus on baking sheet.
After frying, place the baked octopus in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. So you can take care of the side dishes.

5. Serve And the Last Tips

Finally, season the olive oil potato salad with salt and pepper and arrange the salad in a bowl.

Serve a homemade mayonnaise and add lime or lemon. It could then look like this:

My served octopus recipe
Octopus served with olive oil, potato salad, mayonnaise, lemon and lettuce.
Calamari fritti as finger food.
Calamari fritti are the perfect finger food, here with mayonnaise and radish sprouts.

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  • This dish is wonderful, thanks for the instructions. The potato salad as a side dish is simple and delicious. Thanks for the guide. LG Gisi

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    • Hello Gisi, you're welcome! Thank you for your reply. Kind regards Thomas

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  • Great site! – just discovered. Great that you can learn a lot here. Unfortunately, it doesn't say how I make the mayo myself, and whether aioli wouldn't also be appropriate? In my adopted country, baby octopuses are cheap and always available – Greetings from Costa Rica.

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