Fried Calamari with Spicy Mayonnaise

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Fried Calamari with Spicy Mayonnaise

Yield: Serves 12

Prep Time: 20 minutes + chilling time

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup mayonnaise (low fat is fine)
3 teaspoon Sriracha or Thai garlic-chili sauce
2 pounds fresh calamari (tubes & tentacles), rinsed & sliced into rings
2 cups buttermilk (low fat is fine)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
vegetable oil

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise and Sriracha. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

2. Soak calamari in buttermilk; chill at least 1 hour. Whisk together flour, salt, pepper and paprika in a medium bowl. Remove calamari from buttermilk & dredge in flour mixture. Shake off excess, and separate rings and tentacles.

3. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a large pot; heat to 365°F. Fry calamari, in batches, 1 minute or until done. Drain on paper towels, and serve warm with spicy mayonnaise.

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Adapted from Coastal Living