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Tapioca Express Inspired Fried Calamari Heads


๐—œ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€:

๐Ÿ”ธ 1 bag frozen Squid Tentacles (12 oz)

๐Ÿ”ธ 1/2 tsp Onion Powder

๐Ÿ”ธ 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

๐Ÿ”ธ 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

๐Ÿ”ธ 1/2 tsp Salt

๐Ÿ”ธ 1/8 tsp Cayenne Powder

๐Ÿ”ธ 1 cup Tapioca Starch (use more if needed)

๐Ÿ”ธ Thai Basil (garnish)

๐Ÿ”ธ Vegetable or Canola Oil

๐Ÿ”ธ Sweet Chili Sauce


๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€:

1. Make sure the Squid Tentacles are fully defrosted before starting. Wash and pat them dry with a paper towel.


2. In a small bowl add 1/2 tsp Onion Powder, 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder, 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, 1/2 tsp Salt, and 1/8 tsp Cayenne Powder. Mix it together. Sprinkle half over the Squid Tentacles, give it a mix, sprinkle the rest of the half, and give it a final mix. Set it aside for 10 minutes.


3. Add 1 cup of Tapioca Starch in a large ziplock bag and add the Squid Tentacles. Seal the bag and shake vigorously to evenly coat them.


4. Deep fry at 350ยฐ F for a few minutes until golden. Do not overcrowd when frying, do it in batches. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Transfer to a large bowl and lightly season with some Salt and Cayenne Powder. Toss by push flipping the bowl a few times to ensure itโ€™s all seasoned.


5. Move the fried Squid Tentacles to a plate. In the same oil, fry a handful of Thai Basil for 5-6 seconds to garnish. Enjoy this with a side of Sweet Chili Sauce!

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