What is the best way to clean calamari?
To clean calamari, first pull the skin off to reveal the white, slightly translucent flesh underneath. Rinse the tube of squid under cold water. For this recipe, slice the tube into 1/2-inch pieces.
What dipping sauce should I serve with air-fryer calamari?
The best dipping sauces to pair with calamari are marinara, ranch, chipotle ranch or garlic lemon sauce. Try serving this air-fryer calamari with our Best Marinara Sauce
or Ranch-Style Buttermilk Dressing
. If you’re looking to use up the rest of your calamari, make our Calamari Salad
Why is my air-fryer calamari tough?
Like some other seafood recipes
, calamari turns tough when it is overcooked. The key to keeping it soft is to cook it quickly with high heat.—Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.