Salt and Pepper Calamari

A little victory at our place tonight.

Little miss looked at new food and voluntarily said ‘I’ll try it’

… and she did AND she enjoyed it!!!

In fact, she enjoyed it so much, she ate her brother’s left overs!!!! Unheard of!!! Doing a little dance of joy 🙂

Will loves calamari, so when we saw it on sale at the markets a while ago we bought it but I hadn’t got around to cooking it yet because I hadn’t got my head around a non dairy option for soaking the uncooked squid … then today I had a brainwave ….

The reason that people normally soak calamari in milk is for the lactic acid in the milk to soften the collagen fibres in the squid. So I decided to try the buttermilk that I make to use in scones and banana bread etc. Success!

‘Buttermilk’:

  • 1 cup oat/rice/soy milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Whisk together very quickly until frothy (Speed 4, 12 seconds).

Place calamari into the buttermilk, cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours – overnight.

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  • calamari, enough for your family, cut into rings
  • 8 tbsp aquafaba (liquid drained from a can of chick peas)
  • 1 cup GF flour mix (I used White Wings)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup rice bran oil, or similar, to cook.
  • extra salt to season after cooking

Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan to a very hot heat.

Drain and rinse the calamari (drain well as excess moisture will make the breading soggy).

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Combine the flour, garlic salt and pepper and set aside.

Whisk the aquafaba until frothy (Speed 4, 15 seconds with the butterfly attachment).

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Drop the rings into the aquafaba mix, allow to mostly drain then place into the flour mix and coat well.

Drop a few rings at a time into the hot oil, do not overcrowd the pan, an allow to cook for about 1 minute, and until lightly golden.

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Use a slotted spoon or a meal spider to remove the rings and place on a draining rack or paper towel to remove excess oil.

Sprinkle with extra salt and serve immediately.

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…. we were supposed to eat ours with oven baked sweet potato fries, but I dislocated the middle knuckle on my right hand and wasn’t up to the cutting …. so our local fish and chip shop chips came in handy 😉

Enjoy 🙂

 

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