Air Fryer Frozen 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. Featuring a simple dipping sauce, this dish is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. So fire up your air fryer and let’s get cooking!
Summer is the time for seafood, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than with an air fryer. This versatile appliance can cook up a variety of seafood dishes in minutes, and today we’re going to show you how to make frozen calamari. Air frying frozen calamari is a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table, and it’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Let’s get started!
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Frozen Calamari
If you’re looking for a quick and easy seafood dish, air fryer frozen calamari is the perfect meal for you! This dish only requires a few simple ingredients, and it’s ready in minutes. So, if you’re short on time but want something delicious and hearty, look no further than air fryer frozen calamari. Try it today!
All you need is a package of frozen calamari and your air fryer. This recipe will work on either an air fryer basket model or an oven. The recipe will remain the same.
How To Make Air Fryer Frozen Calamari
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. Spread the calamari in the basket or on the tray, being careful not to burn yourself. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway during the cooking process.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Crowding: For best results, do not crowd the air fryer basket. You want the calamari to crisp up, so leave plenty of space around your calamari. This way, the hot air can circulate the calamari. 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. Since there is plenty of oil in the breading, you should not need any. 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, so the outside and inside cooks up perfectly.
Breading vs. Non-Breaading: 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.
How To Store:
These are best eaten right after cooking, but they are easily stored. 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, heat until warmed through.
Dipping Sauces To Serve With Your Frozen Calamari
Few things are as disappointing as a frozen calamari dish 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! Whether you’re in the mood for a classic marinara or something more exotic, we’ve got you covered. So get cooking and enjoy those crispy squid tentacles with a delicious sauce on the side!
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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There's something about calamari that makes it irresistible. Even people who don't typically like seafood can usually get behind a plate of squid rings or tentacles. And while you could definitely fry up some calamari at home, it's a lot easier to use an air fryer. Air frying frozen calamari is a breeze, and the end result is crispy, delicious, and healthier than traditional fried calamari. Here's how to do it:
- 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!