How to Cook Calamari in the Oven

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For seafood fans, breaded and fried calamari -- or squid -- is a favorite appetizer at many restaurants. Some restaurants also offer it grilled or roasted, which allows the taste of the squid to shine through. Recreate either style at home, and cook the cleaned and sliced squid in the oven for an easier and healthier preparation.

Things You'll Need

  • Squid, sliced rings and tentacles
  • Mixing bowl
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Baking sheet
  • Foil
  • Wire rack
  • Vegetable oil
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Panko bread crumbs

Roasted Calamari

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Toss the calamari with olive oil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl, using just enough olive oil to coat all of the calamari. Add additional seasonings, if you like, such as garlic, chopped parsley and red pepper flakes.

  • Spread the calamari in an even layer on a baking sheet. Spread them out so the calamari pieces do not overlap.

  • Cook the calamari in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rings are slightly browned and puffed up. Serve hot with a sprinkling of lemon juice.

Oven-Fried Calamari

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with foil. Place a small wire rack on top of it to make sure that the breading gets crispy all around on the calamari. If you don't have a small cooking rack that will fit inside of your baking sheet, simply grease the foil on the baking sheet with vegetable oil or cooking spray.

  • Beat an egg in a bowl and add a little water to create an egg wash. Pour flour in another bowl and panko bread crumbs in another. For a pound of calamari, you'll need about a 1/2 cup of flour and 1 1/2 to 2 cups of panko bread crumbs.

  • Dredge the calamari in the flour, then in the egg wash and finally into the panko bread crumbs. Gently pat the bread crumbs onto the calamari to help them stick.

  • Place the breaded calamari onto the wire rack or on the foil-lined baking sheet. Spray the calamari lightly with cooking spray.

  • Bake the calamari in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the breadcrumbs start to turn golden brown. Turn the calamari halfway through if you baked them directly on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the hot calamari with salt, to taste. Serve with marinara sauce and a sprinkle of lemon.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use plain or seasoned traditional breadcrumbs instead of panko bread crumbs, if you prefer. However, panko bread crumbs soak up less oil and make for crunchier breaded calamari.

References

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