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So many people order fried calamari in restaurants that it would be nice to make it at home once in a while.  This recipe is better than anything I have had in a restaurant and my husband and I order this often in restaurants.  If it's too much work just make the sauce and use it on purchased fried seafood.  It is really good on fried clams and as a dip for artichokes.

Deluxe Fried Calamari

2 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. minced shallot
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. fish sauce*
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 minced garlic clove
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Vegetable oil for deep frying
1 cup flour
1 tbsp.  Chinese five spice powder
1/2 tsp.  salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 cup buttermilk
15 oz. cleaned calamari rings (you can use the tentacles also if you like)

For sauce:  Combine all ingredients except mayonnaise in a blender or processor.   Blend well.
Transfer to a bowl and stir in the mayo.

For Calamari:  Pour oil about 3 inches deep in a large heavy pot or use your deep fryer.  Heat to
350 degrees.  Whisk the next 4 ingredients in a large bowl to blend.  Pour buttermilk into another
large bowl.  Add calamari to buttermilk.  Working in batches, remove the calamari and dredge in
flour mixture.  Fry until just crisp, about 2 minutes.  Drain on paper towels.   Serve warm with the

*Fish sauce may be hard to find. It can really be omitted if necessary.  It also comes in a pretty
large container, but keeps well.  All the other items are usually very available and can be used
in lots of recipes.  I think you will make the sauce often, since it is so good and goes well with
lots of things.



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