A pile of Buffalo Calamari Strips on a plate with lemons and blue cheese

Buffalo Calamari Strips

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Buffalo Calamari Strips are fried until golden then tossed in your favorite buffalo sauce for a spicy appetizer or dinner!



  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • 1 1/2 pounds cleaned squid
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a tablespoon of water
  • 1 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce (milder than regular hot sauce)
  • Blue cheese dressing for dipping
  • Blue cheese crumbles for garnish


  1. Fill a large dutch oven halfway with oil and heat to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the squid tubes into strips lengthwise (or rings) and set aside.
  3. Dip the calamari strip into the egg wash, let the excess drip off, then into the flour and lastly the bread crumbs. Repeat with all the calamari strips until they are all breaded.
  4. Once your oil comes to temperature, carefully add in a few strips at a time depending on how big your pot is.
  5. Fry the calamari for 3 minutes until golden brown, then remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  6. Repeat with the remaining calamari.
  7. Place the buffalo sauce in a medium sized bowl. Start dipping the strips in to completely cover and the place on a platter to serve. Try to do this quickly while the calamari are still hot so they stay crisp.
  8. Serve with blue cheese dressing on the side for dipping and garnish with blue cheese crumbles.

Recipe Notes

You can keep the fried calamari in a 250 degree oven while you’re frying the rest of the strips.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: American