Calamares with Garlic Mayo Dip Recipe

Calamares is the Filipino style of the Mediterranean fried squid dish, Calamari. A lot of recipes do not call for breading but this recipe is setting itself apart. With the breading on the outer cover of the tender and tasty squid, it gives an extra crunch, having a whole new combination of textures in your mouth.

But the hero of the dish, the squid, should always have an awesome sidekick: the special Garlic Mayo Dip. With a squeeze of a lemon and a tablespoon of sugar, this dip will you give the extra mile. Try this recipe now!


  • 1/2 lb medium to large sized squid, cleaned and sliced into rings
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 piece raw egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cooking oil

For Garlic Mayo Dip

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • One half tsp white pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Combine squid, salt, and ground black pepper then mix well. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a cooking pot the pour-in cooking oil.
  3. Dredge the squid in flour then dip in beaten egg and roll over breadcrumbs.
  4. When the oil is hot enough, deep-fry the squid until the color of the coating turns brown. Note: This should only take about 2 to 3 minutes in medium heat. Do not overcook the squid.
  5. Remove the fried squid from the cooking pot and transfer in a plate lined with paper towels.
  6. Mix Garlic Mayo Dip ingredients in a bowl and serve with calamares.
  7. Share and enjoy!


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