Buttermilk Fried Calamari With Cilantro Lime Aioli


1 lb fresh calamari

2 cups buttermilk

1 tsp Sweet Baby Ray's Hot Sauce

2 cups flour

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp sweet paprika

1 tsp cayenne pepper

vegetable oil, for frying

Cilantro Lime Aioli for dipping

Lemon wedges, for serving


1. Clean the calamari and cut the bodies into thick rings, reserving the tentacles separately.

2. Mix the milk and hot sauce in a large bowl. Add the calamari and soak in the buttermilk for up to 4 hours.

3. In a bowl, mix the flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, paprika and cayenne.

4. Remove the calamari from the buttermilk and drain. Dip into the flour mixture.

5. Fill a heavy skillet with 2 cups vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat to 360 degrees F, or set a deep fryer to 360 degrees F. Fry the calamari, in batches, until brown and crispy, about 2 minutes.

6. Drain and serve with Cilantro Lime Aioli and lemon wedges.

7. Cilantro Lime Aioli - Mix all below ingredients:

8. 2 cups Ken's Garlic Aioli

9. 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

10. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice