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Rhode Island style calamari is plated with marinara sauce, lemon wedges, and banana pepper rings.

Rhode Island-Style Calamari

Rhode Island-style calamari is battered in a flour mixture, deep-fried to crispy perfection, then tossed with butter, garlic, cherry pepper, and pepperoncini.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword calamari
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 288 kcal
Author sherry brubaker


  • 1 lb calamari
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 cup sliced banana/pepperoncini/cherry pepper rings
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • frying oil

Optional ingredients

  • lemon wedges
  • marinara sauce


  1. Heat 2 inches of oil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat until the oil reaches 375 degrees.

  2. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and set to the side. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, cayenne, garlic powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Dunk the calamari in the egg and shake off the excess. Dunk the calamari in the flour mixture, then shake off the excess. Place the calamari on a plate as you work through it.

  3. Place a handful of calamari rings in the frying oil at a time. Allow the calamari to cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until it's lightly browned. Remove the calamari with a slotted spoon, then plate on a paper towel lined plate.

  4. In a separate pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sautè the garlic and pepper rings until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Once all the calamari is fried, toss the calamari in the pan with the butter mixture and coat evenly.

  5. Serve the calamari with marinara sauce, lemon wedges, and fresh herbs like basil or parsley. Mangia!

Nutrition Facts
Rhode Island-Style Calamari
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 256mg85%
Sodium 915mg40%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 462IU9%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.