Neighborhood Kitchens

Bistro 5's Fried Calamari

Learn how to make Chef Ettore's take on the classic calamari dish, a fried calamari with sweet and spicy tomato chutney. 

Watch Neighborhood Kitchens: Recipe Fried Calamari on PBS. See more from Neighborhood Kitchens.


Fried Calamari with Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney 
Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney
1 tbsp diced ginger
2 cloves of diced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
3 pints grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
1 tsp chili flakes
¼ cup honey
3 tbsp champagne vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Fried Calamari
2 cups flour
2 cups semolina
2 tbsp salt
1 cup Calamari rings and tentacles
Vegetable oil for frying

Preparing the Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chutney
Chop the garlic in very thin slices.  In a pan large enough to hold all the tomatoes, add a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle in some of the chili flakes.  Dice a few thin slices of garlic and add to pan.  Cook on low flame for roughly 1 minute.  Combine the honey and vinegar in the pan and allow the liquid level to reduce by half.  Slice the grape tomatoes in half and add to pan, stirring every few minutes so nothing sticks to the bottom.  After 15 minutes the liquid should be flavored nicely and mostly reduced.
Preparing the Calamari
Mix dry ingredients of semolina, flour and salt in a bowl.  Drop in the pieces of squid and thoroughly cover with the flour mixture.  In a deep pot, heat some vegetable oil to 375 degrees.  Drop the calamari in and fry for 1 minute.  Remove and let cool.
Serve the calamari on top of a bed of chutney and enjoy.

Chef Vin Santo shared this recipe with us when he was featured as our guest on Neighborhood Kitchens.


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