Panko and Pepper Crusted Calamari

Homemade calamari is a lot easier than you might think, and this crispy delicious recipe featuring sustainable squid (Illex illecebrosus) is one of the best!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Global
Keyword: calamari, crusted, Illex illecebrosus, Msc Certified, panko, pepper, squid, sustainable
Servings: 4
Calories: 555kcal


  • 1 lb Squid (Calamari) Rings frozen, thawed
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups Vegetable Oil for frying


  • Pat squid rings dry with paper towel. In a bowl lightly whisk the eggs. In another bowl mix together flour, cornstarch, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.
  • In a separate bowl or plate spread out breadcrumbs.
  • Coat squid rings one at a time with flour mixture, then dip into eggs and then breadcrumbs. Set aside on a plate.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F. Gently place individual squid rings into hot oil and cook in small batches. Cook for 30 seconds on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain on paper towel. Serve hot with Marinara dipping sauce.


Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 346mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg
OCEAN FRIENDLY INGREDIENT!Certified Sustainable – MSC, Seafood Watch, OceanWise or BAP