Paleo Fried Calamari {Grain-Free & Gluten-Free}

Paleo Fried Calamari {Grain-Free & Gluten-Free}

Fried calamari is one of my favorite appetizers, but when eating Paleo, Grain/Gluten-free it’s off limits, unless you make it at home. With my recipe for Paleo Fried Calamari you can take the guess work out of perfecting a light and crispy breading.

One of our favorite ways to enjoy Paleo Fried Calamari, is putting a heaping handful on top of a tossed or Caesar salad. The crispy calamari is the perfect replacement for croutons and giving you a little punch of protein.

Paleo Fried Calamari {Grain-Free & Gluten-Free}

Serve my Paleo Fried Calamari with a few lemon wedges and a bowl of tomato sauce, if desired.

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  • In a medium-size bowl, combine the starch, flour, Parmesan cheese, and pepper, using a whisk to break up any lumps. Mix well.
  • Dredge the calamari in the dry ingredients, dip into the egg whites, and dip back into the dry mix.
  • In a Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed 5-quart pot, heat roughly 2 inches of fat to 300°F. Line a plate with paper towels.
  • Working in small batches, fry the rings for 1 minute. (They will be crispy and light in color.) Drain on the paper towel–lined plate and season lightly with salt.
  • Garnish with the parsley and shredded Parmesan cheese.


*parmesan cheese can be omitted if dairy is not tolerated.
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Paleo Fried Calamari {Grain-Free & Gluten-Free}

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    This as as good as any restaurant calamari I’ve tried! I added a bit of garlic herb blend to the flours and fried the calamari in avocado oil. I will definitely make this again!

5 from 1 vote

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