Wow your dinner guests with this Air Fryer Frozen Calamari! It turns out beautifully crispy in a matter of minutes.
Air Fry Calamari
Cooking seafood doesn’t have to be intimidating. In this post, we’ll show you how to make air fryer frozen calamari that’s crispy and delicious. Frozen squid is popular in fancy restaurants, but you can just as easily make it at home.
These frozen calamari rings are perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal or appetizer. So fire up your air fryer, and let’s get cooking!
You can use your air fryer to make all sorts of seafood recipes. Here are some of our favorites: Air Fryer Miso Salmon, Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon, Air Fryer Catfish Nuggets, and Air Fryer Tuna Melt Wrap.
Ingredients Needed For Frozen Calamari Rings
All you need is a package of frozen calamari and your air fryer. This recipe will work in either an air fryer basket model or an oven.
How To Make Air Fryer Frozen Calamari
Step 1: Preheat air fryer
Start by preheating your air fryer to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting. If you do not have a preheat button, turn your air fryer to 400 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 2: Air fry calamari
Spread the calamari in the basket or on the tray, being careful not to burn yourself. Air fry calamari for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway during the cooking process.
Step 3: Serve
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
Air Fryer Squid Pro Tips:
Crowding: For best results, do not crowd the air fryer basket. You want the frozen squid to crisp up, so leave plenty of space around your calamari. This way, the hot air can circulate properly. This will ensure that every piece is crispy!
Flipping: Depending on what air fryer you own, you may need to flip halfway during the cooking process.
Oil: This is a recipe that I have made several times through the years without any oil. But, if you want the calamari to be extra crispy, spray the breading with cooking spray.
Making These In the Air Fryer Oven: If you are using an air fryer oven, place the calamari on the lowest rack for the best results.
Breading vs. Non-Breading: These were prepared by using frozen breaded calamari. If you are not using breaded calamari, you will need to check the calamari during the cooking process to determine the correct timing.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Store Frozen Calamari Rings:
These are best eaten right after cooking, but they are easily stored as well. If you have any leftovers, let them cool to room temperature and then place them into an airtight container. They will last in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
You can reheat calamari in the air fryer at 400 degrees F until it’s hot all the way through.
Dipping Sauces To Serve With Your Frozen Calamari
Few things are as disappointing as air fryer squid that’s missing the accompanying dipping sauce. Never fear, though, because we’ve got a few recipes up our sleeves to help you make sure your calamari is always properly enjoyed!
Here are some of my favorites:
- CREAMY ROASTED RED PEPPER SAUCE
- HOMEMADE SPAGHETTI SAUCE RECIPE
- EASY SWEET CHILI SAUCE
- HOMEMADE COPYCAT ARBY’S SAUCE
More Air Fryer Seafood Recipes:
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Air Fryer Frozen Calamari
- 1 package frozen calamari
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting.
- Spread the calamari over the basket or the tray, being careful, not to burn yourself.
- Set the temperature to 400 degrees F. for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
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