I love fried calamari and was looking for primal/paleo version of it. So I added coconut flour, almond flour and tapioca flour instead. Came out to taste delicious! You can always add or change something. Be creative!
Ingredients for fried calamari:
1 1/2 lbs. fresh calamari (or frozen)
2 tablespoons tapioca flour
1 tablespoon coconut flour
3 tablespoons almond flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika or cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Coconut oil or palm oil for frying
1 egg (beaten)
Preparations for frying calamari:
Clean the calamari (cut off heads, slice leangthwise, and remove all the stuff inside. peal off purplish skin, and should be left with off-white, flat pieces, rince well)
Slice calamari pieces into lengthwise strips. Preheat deep fryer to 375 degrees or frying pan.
Mix tapioca, coconut and almond flour, salt, oregano, paprika (or cumin), pepper in a bowl. Put all the calamari strips into the egg, then drop into flour mix making sure each piece is well coated with flour.
Drop into hot oil, and let fry until light to golden brown. Let it strain, salt to tase, and serve with Thai cashew sauce or your favorite sauce on the side.
Simple Thai Cashew Sauce
Ingredients for sauce:
1 cup Roasted Cashews
1/2 Can Coconut Milk
2 Cloves Garlic
1-2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce (or substitute Tamari)
1 Tablespoon Chili Paste or Sriracha or spicy sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
Optionally, you could include a teaspoon of any of the following: Raw Honey, Sesame Oil, Fresh Ginger.
Preparations for sauce:
Throw it all in a food processor and blend until smooth (or as smooth as you like).