Fried Calamari on a dark blue serving platter

Gluten-Free Fried Calamari

With just 5 ingredients (not including water, oil, salt, and pepper) this Gluten-Free Fried Calamari recipe is a simple, tasty tapas dish!

3.67 from 39 votes
Fried Calamari on a dark blue serving platter
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Fried Calamari

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 6
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 pounds (900 g) squid, cleaned
  • 1 cup (120 g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (2.3 g) smoked paprika
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon (1.2 g) freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil , for frying
  • Lemon wedges , for serving


  • If not already done, cut the squid bodies into rings about ½-inch thick.
  • Pour enough of the oil into a saucepan to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat to 350°F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Line a plate with several layers of paper towels. Put half the flour mixture into a large food storage bag. Add a handful of the squid rings and shake well. Shake off the excess flour and very carefully drop into the hot oil. Cook for 3 minutes or until lightly golden and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on the paper towels and sprinkle very lightly with salt. Continue with more squid until you need more flour, then add the rest to the bag and continue until all the squid is cooked. If you have squid tentacles, use the same process.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges.


If you don’t want to fry the squid right before serving, you can fry them an hour ahead of time and reheat. Leave uncovered at room temperature for a maximum of 2 hours. Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with gluten-free nonstick cooking spray and broil for about 2 minutes to re-crisp but watch carefully so they don’t burn.
No thermometer? Check to see if your oil is hot enough by dipping the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick into the oil. If the oil starts steadily bubbling, then the oil is hot enough for frying. If the oil bubbles very, very vigorously, then the oil is too hot and needs to cool off a touch. If no or very few bubbles pop up, then it is not hot enough.


Nutrition Facts
Fried Calamari
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 352mg117%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 382mg11%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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