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Home > Recipes > Calamari Recipes > Air Fryer Crispy Calamari Recipe (Easy & Light)


  • 1 pound calamari cleaned and skins removed
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup olive oil or avocado
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. To help tenderize, pound the calamari gently a few times on each side using a kitchen mallet or a heavy skillet (be careful not to tear the flesh).
  2. Cut the calamari into ½ inch thick rings. Pat dry with a paper towel. Make sure they are dry or you risk that they will be more soggy than crispy.
  3. In a large bowl add the breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl add the olive oil. Quickly dip the calamari rings in the oil and shake off excess. Toss the calamari rings into the breadcrumb mixture; gently pressing to coat. Lay the prepared calamari on a baking sheet or cutting board lined with parchment paper as you finish preparing the batch.
  4. Preheat the air fryer oven to 400° degrees F. Lightly grease the basket of the air fryer with oil (or line it with tinfoil and spray). Place the calamari rings in a basket, in a single layer. Do not overcrowd the basket, or they won't crisp properly. Cook in multiple batches if needed.
  5. Cook the calamari for 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking.
  6. Transfer the calamari to a plate and immediately season with a sprinkle of salt. Repeat the steps above with the remaining calamari. Eat the calamari immediately with some lemon wedges and dipping sauce (if desired).
Recipe courtesy of Cucina by Elena