Filipino Calamares Recipe (Fried Calamari with Lime)

January 1, 2008
(Last Updated On: May 30, 2013)

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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    Rachel Mauffray

    April 10, 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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    Sheryl An Mungcal

    September 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

    my favorite,.

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    md Kennedy

    December 11, 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.

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    Elinor Semira

    October 12, 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.

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    Lexie Lane

    May 31, 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!

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    May 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

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

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    July 1, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    i will try this later…

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    February 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the recipe.

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    January 12, 2010 at 6:45 am

    it’s look yummy…i will try to cooked i hope my husband he would like the taste .i like pilipino style i am a filipina but my husband american.

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    January 3, 2010 at 4:43 am

    we tried this. it’s really tasty!:P

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    December 29, 2009 at 11:23 am

    try this much more tasty and yummy….. marinate the squid with minced garlic, pepper, msg, and little calamasi juice then stir it by ur hand. leave for 15 minutes. then beat two eggs… put flour on it.. then soak the squid and fried it.

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    December 5, 2009 at 3:59 am

    yup its better if its with the yolk ang imust say combine the flour and the egg

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    June 19, 2009 at 8:24 am

    wow this is a great recipe i will try it
    my mom and dad will be so happy this father’s day

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    May 13, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    thanks..this recipe was a big help for my finals..

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    April 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    That is another master recipe. i will try it. have a nice day!

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    January 21, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    i tried this & its so yummmy….

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    November 17, 2008 at 4:57 am

    i’ll try this later.. it looks so yummy 🙂

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    November 7, 2008 at 12:46 am

    i tried it and its not yummy. i think you dont have to mariade he squid to the calamansi juice for a long time. 10-15 mins maybe is enough. then u also have to add salt before cooking it. instead of egg white, how about trying it with egg yolks???

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