Paleo Calamari, Battered Fiddleheads and Asparagus

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Paleo Calamari
 
kalamarakia tiganita
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Ingredients
  • ½ lb squid (tubes & tentacles - washed & thawed)
  • ¼ cup red onion (diced)
  • 1 large green onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ - 1 L coconut oil
  • 1 lemon (cut into wedges)

Marinade
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅛ cup lemon juice
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 2 large pinches salt
  • ¼-1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning (a blend of 18 herbs and spices. If you don't have this, add a little paprika, a bay leaf, all spice and extra salt)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely diced)
  • 1 tsp fresh dill (finely chopped)

Breading
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • ¼-1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a glass container, bowl, or large zip-lock bag.
  2. Cut squid tubes cross-wise into ½ inch wide rings.
  3. Put rings and tentacles in marinade for 1-2 days.
  4. When ready to cook, heat coconut oil in a heavy-bottom pot over medium-high heat (to around 350-375 F).
  5. Whisk egg(s) in a mixing bowl with a fork.
  6. Combine all dry ingredients together in another mixing bowl.
  7. Dip calamari pieces into egg.
  8. Remove a few pieces at a time, shake off excess egg, and gently toss in batter mixture.
  9. Remove from bowl, shaking off excess batter, and gently drop into hot oil (careful not to splash and burn yourself).
  10. ***Cooks quickly - 2 minutes max. Overcooking squid will result in a tough rubbery consistency.
  11. Remove from oil using a slotted spoon and allow to drip on paper towel or newspapers.
  12. On a frying pan, fry red and green onions in olive oil. When cooked, add to cooked calamari and serve with wedges of lemon or lime and Paleo Tzatziki.

*Use excess egg and batter to coat other foods (see asparagus and fiddleheads below).
Notes
The woman who sold me the squid recommended marinating the meat for 1-2 days and suggested some ingredients to do so. I actually found that it was a bit bitter, but I rebalanced and developed this recipe. Lots of love and effort went into this gem!

Battered Fiddleheads and Asparagus
 
Use the remaining egg and batter from Paleo Calamari recipe.
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Ingredients
  • remaining egg and batter from Paleo Calamari recipe above
  • 1 dozen fiddleheads (washed and dried)
  • 1 dozen spears asparagus (washed and dried)
Instructions
  1. Dip fiddleheads & asparagus pieces into egg.
  2. Remove a few pieces at a time, shake off excess egg, and gently toss in batter mixture.
  3. Remove from bowl, shaking off excess batter, and gently drop into hot oil (careful not to splash and burn yourself).
  4. Remove from oil when golden brown using a slotted spoon and allow to drip on paper towel or newspapers.

Comments

    • says

      Yeah, it is the season. We’re lucky to be able to find stuff like that at our farmer’s markets. You can always use some other vegetables- zucchini sticks would be fantastic, of course.

  1. Devi says

    OK. I was honestly shocked at how good these were. Seriously. The marinade kicks ass. I didn’t think I would need to make as much of the “breading” mix as was called for, but I actually ended up making more. Sweet recipe Bro. This is a make again…and again.

    • says

      That first photo you sent me had me so jealous. My dinner is a random mix of lazy leftovers.
      Although I did come up with some interesting guacamole recipes…

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