In the pursuit of the perfect fried calamari


I’ve always had a soft spot for fried calamari. I used to make them on Saturday evenings back in Turkey and they tasted delicious. In order to recreate those memories (and have more delicious meals) I started cooking calamari again. First few tries were terrible but recently I managed to make quite good ones (to my taste anyway). I’ll use this post to consult to whenever I need this recipe again.


  • 2 packs of raw calamari tubes
  • 15 - 20g bicarbonate of soda
  • 10g salt
  • Lemon juice (for bicarbonate soda to rise just enough to cover the whole batch of calamari)


  • Step 1: Defreeze and let it sit in water in about 2 hours
  • Step 2: Take it out of the water and filter excess water
  • Step 3: Add bicarbonate of soda and salt and knead for 10 minutes
  • Step 4: Cover with PVC film and let it rest for 24 hours
  • Step 5: Cover with flour and fry