Crispy Baked Calamari

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Calamari may be one of our favourite appetizers to order at a restaurant.  Grilled or fried, it’s often a go-to to start a meal off with including protein and flavour!  I figured since it’s such a go-to I would figure out how to make it at home, so that I know how it all goes down, and can whip it up whenever the crave hits!  and O-M-G! So simple and delicious!  Check out this recipe which is a win-win any time.

Serves 4-6


  • 1 Lb Calamari Rings and Squid, fresh or thawed from frozen
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Cornmeal
  • ½ Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh ground pepper
  • Fresh Lemon wedges
  • Fresh thyme or dill for garnish

For the Avocado Dipping Sauce

  • 2 Ripe avocados
  • ½ Cup Fresh thyme or dill
  • ½ Lemon, juice from
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Fresh cracked black pepper and salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400o
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Clean and rinse the calamari rings and/or squid, allowing to dry on paper-towel.
  4. Once dried, sprinkle with cornstarch and evenly coat.
  5. In a dish, combine the cornmeal, panko breadcrumbs, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  6. Drizzle the olive oil over the calamari rings and/or squid, tossing to evenly coat.
  7. Dip the pieces of calamari and/or squid in the cornmeal-panko mixture and place each piece on a baking sheet.
  8. Bake in pre-heated oven for 22 minutes, turning the pieces over at the half-way point.
  9. While the fish is cooking, prepare the avocado dipping sauce. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. You may choose dill or thyme as your herb of choice, depending on the flavor profile you prefer! Once all ingredients are combined, scoop out into a bowl until the calamari are ready.
  10. Once the calamari are cooked, place on a dish, garnishing with fresh thyme or dill and fresh lemon wedges.


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