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Calamari

Fried calamari.

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Definition: In the culinary arts, calamari is a recipe prepared with squid, usually battered and deep-fried.

Calamari is the Italian word for squid (singular: calamaro), and recipes for fried calamari are found in a number of Mediterranean cuisines.

Fried calamari is usually served as an appetizer, garnished with lemon and parsley and served with some sort of dipping sauce. Typical sauces for calamari include marinara sauce, flavored mayonnaise or aioli, tartar sauce or yogurt.
Alternate Spellings:
  • Kalamari (Greek)
  • Calamares (Spanish)

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