Calamares a la Romana (Fried Squid) Recipe

Calamares a la Romana, or fried squid, is a very common dish and tapa in the Spanish cuisine. Many people like to serve the recipe for Calamares a la Romana with aioli, mayonnaise and a few drops of lemon juice. Do not forget that they are the protagonists of the most typical and famous sandwich in Madrid and also in many other places, the bocadillo de calamares. Shall we start?


  • 400 g of fresh squid
  • 150 g of wheat flour
  • 200 g of water
  • 1 egg
  • Baking soda 1/2 tablespoon
  • A pinch of salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon (optional)

How to Make the Calamares a la Romana Recipe:

  1. Clean the squid and remove the skin. Wash them, cut them into rings not too thick and dry them with a paper towel. You can also buy them clean and already cut into rings.
  2. Prepare the batter by mixing the flour, cold water, salt, egg and baking soda in a bowl.  Stir until you get a semi-liquid paste.
  3. Heat plenty of extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan at 175ºC.
  4. Flour the squid, shake it to remove excess flour and dip it in the batter.
  5. Dip the squid in the oil and fry, turning it over so that it cooks evenly, until it is golden brown. Fry the squid in batches.
  6. Take the squid out of the frying pan, draining well, and place them on a dish with a paper towel to remove the excess oil.
  7. Serve immediately before they cool down, accompanied by a slice of lemon.

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