Homemade Calamari Nuggets

Calamari nuggets.

Calamari nuggets fried or boiled — a simple and healthy family meal. (Image: Jenny Low via Nspirement)

Prepare time: 45 mins
Cook: 15 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour
These fresh, Homemade Calamari Nuggets not only taste incredible, but they have many health benefits. Calamari is rich in protein, antioxidants, Vitamin B-12, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and copper. These nutrients are great for the health of your blood cells, bones, and immune system. Pair this delicious dish with a fresh salad or some homemade french fries or crusty white bread. These Calamari Nuggets will serve a family of four keeping them healthy and happy. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (500gm) Calamari
  • 3 Kaffir lime leaves, stems removed
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or chili powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp flour

Directions

1. Place calamari in the freezer till it is just about turning hard (freezing ensures it remains cold during blending later). Remove and cut into small pieces and place in a blender. Add salt and blend at high speed for 1 minute.

2. Add cayenne pepper, cornstarch, and flour and blend at medium speed for 1 minute. Remove from blender.

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3. Cut Kaffir lime leaves into small pieces. Add to calamari mix along with sesame oil and stir into a paste.

4. Place the paste in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Then, remove the paste from the freezer and shape into nuggets with a spoon (dip the spoon in water to prevent sticking).

5. Cook either by grilling till brown (set the grill to high) OR steaming till cooked (over boiling water).

6. Your Calamari Nuggets are ready to serve!

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