Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari {Gluten-Free Recipe}

A gluten-free fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with smoky flavor. Oh my!Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor. You know how you had one, maybe two teachers when you were a kid, that you’ll never forget because they were so inspiring?  So fun? So interesting?  They created an environment where you were super excited to learn? My 13-year-old has one of them right now, for 7th Grade Science.

Here’s what happened when I was driving home one late afternoon from errands a few weeks ago . . . .

My son called me and said, “Mom, can you please stop somewhere and get me a whole squid?  I have to dissect it for my science class. Tonight.  Maybe get a bunch of them.” Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor. Me: Um? Tonight? Seriously?

Son: “Well, there’s actually no due date — it’s extra credit, but I really want to do it tonight.  Oh, and after I’m done, I want you to use them to make a cool recipe.”

I had been so busy and I was so tired, but I found myself immediately checking to see if Santa Monica Seafood was still open (one of my favorite places).

My son was ready to get started as soon as I got home. Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor. He had to dissect the squid, place the parts on a piece of paper, and then label them.  And no, these particular parts did not become a part of the recipe. 😉 Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor. This is what they looked like after they were cleaned . . . .Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor. Of course, you can buy squid already cleaned, but if you’re very ambitious, like my son and me, here’s how to clean them. Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor. I knew I had to come up with a recipe fairly quickly since the fresh squid would not last too long.  So the next day when my husband was cooking bacon, this idea came to me.  I’d lightly coat them with spices and flour and then add them to smoky, delicious bacon fat. And then I’d add the crispy bacon to it.  Perfect!

Part of my son’s science assignment was writing his name with the black squid ink.  It looked awesome. (He turned it in — if only I’d taken a picture of that first. Oops!)

Enjoy!

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Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari {Gluten-Free Recipe}
 
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Serves 4 as an appetizer
Ingredients
  • 2 strips applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 dozen cleaned squid
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon corn meal
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if more heat is desired)
  • lemon wedges for drizzling and garnish
Instructions
  1. Add a layer of paper towel to 2 plates and set them aside.
  2. Add the bacon to a large sauté pan, over medium heat, and cook until it's crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Let the bacon strips drain on 1 of the towel-lined plates. (Leave the bacon fat in the pan!)
  3. Pat squid dry with a paper towel and cut them into approximately 1 to 2-inch rings. Set aside.
  4. In medium-sized mixing bowl, add the flour, corn meal, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Mix to blend and then add the calamari rings. Use your hands to toss them into the flour mixture, being sure they are all very well coated.Smoky Bacon Fried Calamari -- A gluten-free, fried calamari strewn with bits of bacon and laced with its smoky flavor.
  5. Then turn the heat to high under the same sauté pan with the bacon fat. Once it’s very hot, carefully add coated squid in a single layer. Fry, tossing frequently, until the squid is opaque and cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried calamari from he pan and add it to the 2nd towel-lined plate. Let it drain for a couple of minutes. Then crumble the bacon and add both the fried calamari and bacon to a bowl and toss.
  6. Serve warm, with a few lemon wedges to drizzle over them.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    These sound delicious in their own right, but I LOL’d at your story about your son’s phone call. How can you say no to a fun and wacky request like that!? Extra kudos for making it into a delicious recipe, as well. 🙂

  2. says

    I had a teacher who terrified me during my first chemistry lesson at secondary school by telling me off for using Tippex. It took me two years to realise how brilliant she was – so on your side all of the time and so clever. And Tippex – yeah, I see her point now. Loving the flavour you’ve added here and your son is awesome for getting stuck in.

  3. says

    That makes me want to go back to school! Well, not my school, because we only dissected frogs reeking of formaldehyde. I am now inspired to tackle a squid.

  4. Kelly says

    Kids always wait til the last minute, don’t they?! Too funny. At least you got to write about it 🙂

  5. says

    I might have enjoyed science more if we dissected squid and then ate them! No, we only dissected earthworms…

    Love the bacon fat usage!

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