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Air Fryer Calamari
5 from 15 votes

Air Fryer Calamari

If you are looking for a healthier way to make fried calamari, you'll love this recipe! This air fryer calamari is so crispy and it's made with very little oil.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, world
Servings 3
Calories 351 kcal


  • 8 oz calamari tubes and tentacles, (cut the calamari into ⅓ - ½ inch thick rings, pat dry with paper towels)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp regular milk
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumb
  • ½ tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 3 tbsp avocado, vegetable, or canola oil
  • black pepper , (to taste)


  • Put the panko breadcrumb in a large ziplock. Use a rolling pin to crush the breadcrumb until finely ground.
  • In a large bowl, combine calamari strips and buttermilk. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Set up three dishes and put them in the right order.
    1st bowl: add all-purpose flour
    2nd bowl: beat an egg with milk.
    3rd bowl: combine panko breadcrumbs, oil, paprika, Old Bay seasoning, and a pinch of black pepper.
  • Remove the calamari from the buttermilk marinade. Allow the excess to drip off. Coat the calamari strips in the flour; shake off excess flour.
  • Dip the calamari rings in the egg and milk mixture, allow the excess to drip off. Toss the calamari rings into the breadcrumb mixture; gently pressing to coat.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Lightly grease the air fryer basket and crisper tray with oil.
  • Place the calamari rings in a basket, in a single layer. Do not overcrowd the pan, work in multiple batches if needed. Cook the calamari for 8 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F, flipping halfway through.


Please note that cooking time will vary depending on a variety of other factors, including types of air fryers and air fryer quality.
Air fryer basket tends to cook foods a little faster than the air fryer oven. In this recipe, I used my Gourmia 8Qt Air Fryer


Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 19gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 236mgSodium: 245mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 360IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 2mg
Keyword air fried calamari, air fryer calamari, how to cook calamari in an air fryer
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