Crispy Deep fried Calamari Stuffed with Parmesan Lemon Rice. Crisp fried squid tubes stuffed with parmesan-lemon rice.

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Crispy Deep fried Calamari Stuffed with Parmesan Lemon Rice. Crisp fried squid tubes stuffed with parmesan-lemon rice.
Recipe type: Seafood
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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Tender young calamari tubes stuffed with parmesan-lemon rice, crumbed and deep-fried to crispy, golden perfection. There are hundreds of stuffed calamari / squid recipes, so here is something a bit different to the rest.
For the filling
  • 120g / 12 Tbs Cooked long-grain rice
  • 20g Finely grated parmesan
  • 3 Tbs Lemon zest
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Lemon pepper
  • ½ Tsp Garlic powder
To marinate the tentacles
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Pinch of lemon pepper
  • Pinch of salt
For the coating
  • ½ Cup finely crushed cornfalkes mixed with ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ Cup Tapioca flour
  • 2 Eggs lightly beaten
  • 8 Young whole calamari including tentacles
  • Oil for frying
  1. Combine all of the stuffing ingredients.
  2. Place the tentacles on a plate, squeeze the lemon juice over the tentacles, season with lemon pepper and salt.
  3. Using a narrow spoon, fill each calamari tube with 1½ Tbs of the rice mixture, then secure the ends of the tubes with toothpicks.
  4. To coat the tube, dredge the tubes in the tapioca flour, then the egg, followed by a good coating of the cornflake mixture.
  5. Transfer the tubes to a platter and allow the coating to set for 20 minutes.
  6. Half-fill your pan with oil, heat this to 180c / 350f.
  7. Carefully slide the tubes into the oil and fry for 90 seconds per side, then remove and drain on kitchen paper.
  8. Add the tentacles to the pan -- stand back when you do this, the oil will react quite violently to this.
  9. Fry the tentacles until the oil calms - about 45 seconds.
  10. Remove the tentacles from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.
  11. Arrange the tubes and tentacles on a platter and serve immediately with lemon wedges.


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