Deep Fried Calamari with Tarator Sauce

Deep Fried Calamari with Tarator Sauce | | #calamari #squid #tarator #seafood

Deep Fried Calamari or squid always reminds me of wonderful vacations we had since it’s one of the most loved seafoods at pubs and restaurants in the coastal towns of Turkey. We have it as an appetizer right before dinner almost every night when we are on holiday. I don’t know how calamari is cooked and served in other cuisines, but deep frying is the common method in Turkish cuisine. It is always served with a tarator sauce and I must warn you that these two are so addictive!

Deep Fried Calamari with Tarator Sauce | | #calamari #squid #tarator #seafood

Deep fried calamari may not be considered as a Fall recipe, I don’t even know if it has a special season, but we’ve seen fresh calamari at the market these days, so why not enjoy it with a glass of cold beer and have a night with summer memories? Well, maybe not me since I’m still breastfeeding Gokturk and not drinking, but Yusuf enjoyed it that way.

Deep Fried Calamari with Tarator Sauce | | #calamari #squid #tarator #seafood

It’s so easy to make this calamari with crispy outside and juicy inside. You need 4 main ingredients to hve the same result. Baking soda and milk to marinate calamari and corn flour to coat them before frying. We didn’t want to lose the lovely pinkish color of tentacles, so we didn’t coat them with corn flour. We left the tentacles whole and fried them with little oil in a non stick pan.

Deep Fried Calamari with Tarator Sauce | | #calamari #squid #tarator #seafood

Tarator Sauce is like a must when eating deep fried calamari. This appetizing sauce makes this amazingly tasty seafood even more scrumptious and irresistible! Tarator sauce is mostly served with deep fried calamari or deep fried mussels in fish restaurants. Who doesn’t love dipping foods into a delectable sauce? Tarator sauce is a mixture of strained yogurt, breadcrumbs, garlic and walnuts. You can have it with any fried food, I’m sure you will want to double your portion with tarator!

I’ve always had calamari this way, but I’m very much intrigued by Leela’s Stuffed Calamari with Crispy Garlic and will definitely try it too!

Deep Fried Calamari with Tarator Sauce | | #calamari #squid #tarator #seafood

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Deep Fried Calamari with Tarator Sauce
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Calamari marinated in milk and baking soda mixture, coated with corn flour and fried. Serve it with tarator, a tasty yogurt dip.
Serves: 2
  • fried calamari:
  • 500g calamari, cleaned
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cup corn oil
  • tarator sauce:
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp strained yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 2 tbsp ground walnut
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  1. Slice calamari into rings, put them in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over them and rub with your hand.
  3. Pour milk into the bowl and wait it in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  4. Heat oil in a deep pot.
  5. Mix corn flour and salt in a bowl.
  6. Coat calamari rings with corn flour mixture and leave them in very hot oil.
  7. Let them fry for 5 minutes and transfer on a paper towel.
  8. Mix all ingredients of tarator sauce and serve deep fried calamari hot with tarator sauce.


  1. says

    Yum! I always wondered what was in that sauce! During my recent Istanbul trip, I sat under the Galata Bridge, ordered a plate of this exact appetizer, drank my Efes and watched the boat traffic go by on the Golden Horn. Just perfect!

  2. says

    Love, love, love deep fried calamari. We have it quite often at the fish market here in Fethiye and they always serve it with the tarator sauce. Yummy! :)

  3. says

    Hi- it sounds and looks incredibly tasty. I love calamari. I couldn’t help but notice there was octopus on the same plate, did you cook that the same way?

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