Fried “Buffalo” Calamari

Fried "Buffalo" Calamari

The other day I came home to a package that had a big bottle of KC Masterpiece® Buffalo Marinade in it—-courtesy of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program.

I immediately thought of whipping up a batch of Buffalo Wings….because who doesn’t love a good Buffalo Wing? But at second thought, I decided to try something different and take a spin off of another great pub food—Fried Calamari!

Fried "Buffalo" Calamari

I attempted to mimic the Buffalo Wing taste by marinating the calamari in buttermilk and KC Masterpiece® Buffalo Marinade. After a quick toss in flour and a few minutes of deep frying, I had a plate full of crispy–yet tender, Fried Calamari.

Fried "Buffalo" Calamari

I’m not sure I fully tasted the flavors of the marinade in the Calamari by itself. But after a little squeeze of lemon and quick dunk into the Buffalo Marinade, the flavors were definitely more prominent.

But let’s be honest, anything fried and then dipped in hot sauce is pretty delicious in my book :)

Happy Friday, Friends!

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Fried “Buffalo” Calamari
Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 Pound Calamari, cleaned and cut into 1 inch rings—tentacles left whole
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
¾ Cup KC Masterpiece® Buffalo Marinade, or other hot sauce marinade
¼ Cup Buttermilk
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt, plus more to season after the calamari is fried
½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
Vegetable Oil, for deep frying
Serve with Celery and Carrot Sticks, additional KC Masterpiece® Buffalo Marinade, Blue Cheese Dressing, and Lemon Wedges


In a large bowl, mix the marinade and buttermilk together. Add the cleaned calamari—ensuring it’s well covered in the liquid. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes.

Place a large colander in the sink and pour the calamari with buttermilk mixture into it. Gently shake the colander to drain off the marinade. Use paper towels to blot off excess liquids.

In a large pot (or deep fryer), preheat oil to 375 degrees.

In a large zip lock bag, add the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the calamari zip the bag closed. Shake well to evenly coat the calamari. Pour the contents of the bag into a large sifter (or you can do this in batches) and sift the calamari to get rid of any extra flour. In batches, carefully add the calamari into the hot oil and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until lightly golden and crispy.

Transfer the fried calamari to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with additional salt. Repeat until all the calamari has been fried.

Serve immediately with celery and carrot sticks, additional KC Masterpiece® Buffalo Marinade, Blue Cheese Dressing, and lemon wedges

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26 thoughts on “Fried “Buffalo” Calamari

  1. i love the hot sauce that comes from KFC! is this the same? if so, we are so going to get a bottle! i can’t eat KFC chx w/o that hot sauce. :P

  2. Hmmm! Perfect Friday recipe. Just feel like celebrating (for the weekend) and fried + baffalo flavored calamari just sounds perfect to me! The color of calamari is just right. Oh looks so delicious Nam! I always need to remember to add buttermilk. MUST, right? Great post!

  3. Yummy! I have a pound of calamari rings sitting in my fridge right now, and I think I am going to this with a local brand of hot sauce. I love how crispy and delicious the calamari looks! Looks so yummy… Thank s for sharing :)

  4. Oh Nam! This looks so AWESOME! Your pictures are gorgeous..I discovered your recipes on Tasty Kitchen & I’m so glad I did! Will be following you on your food adventures because I can’t stop looking at all your food pics & it’s nice to read what everyone else is cooking up AND you like spicy things Wohoo! Now I must go make some fried calamari! Check out my blog if you get a chance, I just started my food adventure & it has been a joy..it has led me to such neat bloggers like you :) http://noodleonthat.com/noodleblog/

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