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Keto Calamari

Keto Calamari


Let me begin by apologizing for not having many new recipes the last few months.  At the time I am writing this my wife and I have been traveling full-time in an RV for the last 3 months.  Adjusting to our new compact kitchen (that is a generous description btw), or finding ourselves without reliable internet or quality grocery stores has really affected my ability to share new recipes on a consistent basis.  But I think I've got it all figured out now, and a boat load of new recipes will be coming your way soon.  First up, this fantastically fat-filled and crunchy calamari!

The first time I ever met Lauren's grandmother we all went out to eat and someone ordered calamari as an appetizer.  Now if you've read any of my past posts you'll know I was not a very adventurous eater.  My main forms of sustenance in college had consisted of chicken breasts on the George Foreman with a side of potato chips, oh and lets not forget the cheapest beer I could find, Beer 30 Light anyone?  Anyway, at that point in my life fried shrimp would have been considered adventurous, so the idea of squid was more or less nauseating.  Not wanting to make a bad first impression I gulped down a few pieces without as much as chewing, before I got the nerve to bite into one... I nearly gagged, to me it tasted like a rubbery onion ring that had been dropped in an aquarium.  My mouth tasted like a dock smells, but I kept my composure slid it to one side in my mouth, got another forkful of calamari and dredged it through the sauce until I had roughly a 2:1 ratio of sauce to squid on my fork and took a bite.  The sauce was enough to dial down the intense oceanic flavor in my mouth, but not enough for me to venture another bite.  

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Fast forward a few years and calamari is one those foods I look forward to most when it's made with a low-carb "breading".  Squid, Octopus, you name it I'll try it at least once.  If you're a recovering picky eater like myself, or a life long lover of all foods this recipe is sure to please.  

Check out these links below for some of the awesome health benefits of squid:

DrHealthBenefits.com - 15 Health Benefits of Eating Squid

Foodofy.com - Squid Nutrition Facts

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Keto Calamari

This keto calamari is easy, delicious, and perfect as a fun appetizer or salad topper.

prep time: 5 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 15 mins


  • 1 lb fresh squid, cleaned 
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Coconut oil, for frying (about 1/4 cup)
  • Minced cilantro, optional
  • Sliced Fresno chili, optional 
  • Squeeze of lime, optional 
Harissa Mayo
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared harissa 


1. In a small bowl beat the egg. In another bowl combine the coconut flour and spices.
2. Pat the squid dry and dip into the beaten egg then dredge through the flour mixture before dropping into the skillet. 
3. Frying in batches making sure to not overcrowd the skillet, fry 2 minutes per side until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towels 
4. Either serve as is or toss with cilantro, chilis, and lime and serve with the harissa mayo. 



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*Info listed is per serving and an estimate. We use    PaleoTrack.com    and the    Keto Diet App    to calculate macronutrient content.    **2.7 g fiber + 5.1 g net carbs = 7.8 g total carbs per serving

*Info listed is per serving and an estimate. We use PaleoTrack.com and the Keto Diet App to calculate macronutrient content.

**2.7 g fiber + 5.1 g net carbs = 7.8 g total carbs per serving

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