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Filipino Calamares is one of the Philippines most famous dishes, either with rice or with ice cold beer, as pulutan that is. It is also one of the easier Filipino dishes to cook. Perhaps this explains the increasing popularity of street vendors selling calamares nowadays.

Serves 5 to 6 person
Preparation time: 20 to 30 mins.
Cooking time: 20 to 25 mins

calamares recipe

Filipino Calamares Ingredients:

  • 1 kg medium sized Squid
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 cup oil
  • 5 pcs calamansi (lime) or  1 pc lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Filipino Calamares Cooking Instructions:

  • Clean the Squid, remove the head, ink sacs and tentacles discarded, outer purple skin peeled off and do not cut squid open.

  • Slice squid into ½ inch rings. Marinate in calamansi juice for about 15 minutes.

  • Dip squid rings in egg whites, then dredge in flour.

  • Heat oil in a wok and fry squid rings in hot oil a few pieces at a time until they turn golden yellow, about 1 minute. Do not overcook as this will make the squid tough.

  • Remove squid rings from the wok and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Serve with Garlic Mayonnaise Dip as an appetizer.

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18 Responses

  1. shydub

    February 21st, 2010 at 2:09 pm


    Thanks for the recipe.

  2. shantel

    July 1st, 2010 at 9:54 pm


    i will try this later…

  3. Dede

    May 30th, 2013 at 8:31 pm


    I love calamari but no one else in my family will eat it! It looks delicious though.

  4. Lexie Lane

    May 31st, 2013 at 12:25 am


    Oh yum! I’m filipino too so I love everything on your recipe lists! Definitely bookmarking your site for more!

  5. Elinor Semira

    October 12th, 2013 at 9:09 am


    my hubby loves pusit so i will try to cook this recipe for him. i didn’t know that this is as easy as 123.

  6. md Kennedy

    December 11th, 2013 at 11:00 am


    Isn’t it interesting how many of the same dish is popular all over the world in many different countries? This is very similar to the Greek kalamari I make quite often for my husband. What makes it a bit easier is using frozen (and defrosted) squid rings.

  7. Sheryl An Mungcal

    September 8th, 2014 at 8:27 am


    my favorite,.

  8. Rachel Mauffray

    April 10th, 2015 at 1:57 pm


    I love fried calamari. Every time I try to make it mine comes out rubbery. I’ve even tried to cook it very quickly to avoid the problem.

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