This is a copy cat recipe from Ruth’s Chris steakhouse restaurant.We love it so much that I decided to recreate this appetizer dish.Their fried calamari with sweet chili sauce are AMAZING and addicting! They are dredged in seasoned flour coating, fried until browned and crispy, then tossed with sweet chili sauce and diced roasted red peppers.
1 pound cleaned and pat dry squid with tentacles, bodies cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 red bell pepper
1/4 cup Sweet chili sauce(add more if you like it to be saucy)*
1/2 lemon squeezed
minced parsley or chopped green onion/chives
High heat oil
* I bought the sauce at Trader Joe’s,or you can make your own by this recipe.
Heat oven to 500 degrees on broil.
Place bell pepper on a baking sheet.
Broil until charred,turning sides 3 times.
Remove from oven and place it inside the plastic bag or ziplock bag.
Set aside and let them cool enough to handle.
When peppers are ready to handle,peel off the skin.
Cut peppers in to 1/2 inch squares.Set a side.
Pour enough oil in to a dutch oven or a sauce pan (about 2-3 inches from the bottom)
Heat oil over medium-high heat to 350 degrees.
In a bowl,combine flour,old bay seasoning, and black pepper.
In small handfuls,dredge the squid in the flour mixture and shake off excess.
Gently lower the squid in hot oil. Fry in batches for about 3 minutes or until lightly golden in color.
Remove from oil and sprinkle salt.
In a small sauce pan, heat sweet chili sauce with squeezed lemon juice.
Toss Calamari with sauce and roasted bell peppers.
Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with minced parsley and/or chives/green onions.
Squeeze more lemon on top if desired.