Crispy fried calamari served with smashed avocado

Nothing beats freshly caught squid fried to a crispy brown outer layer and served on a bed of smashed avocado. This is my take on Jamie Olivers recipe from his 5 ingredients cookbook.

If you guys are looking for a conveniently delicious meal to prepare and make then have an attempt at this recipe. Approximately 20 minutes of preparation/cooking time and with the use of only 5 ingredients. Any amatuer cook like my self can’t go wrong.


What you’ll need?

250g Squid (Gutted and cleaned)

2 heaped TBSP whole meal flour

1 Ripe Avocado

2 Limes

2 TSP Hot chilli sauce



Step 1 – Begin by slicing squid tubes into approx 1cm rings.

Firstly, we’ll begin by taking the clean and gutted squid tubes and slicing into 1cm width rings.


Step 2 – Coat squid rings with flour and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

Once the squid tubes have been sliced into rings. Begin coating the rings with wholemeal flour, a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Use your hands and mix well together.


Step 3 – Heat up frying pan to medium heat.

Once the squid rings have been prepared we’ll place our frying pan on medium heat with approximately 1cm of olive oil into the frying pan.


Step 4 – While the pan heats up de-stone avocado halves and mash.

While keeping a close eye on the frying pan we’ll make our avocado mash as the pan heats up. Take the avocado and cut it into halves and destone. Using a tablespoon we’ll scrape all the avocado flesh into a small bowl.


Step 5 – Add in lime zest and juice to avo mash and season.

Before we begin mashing our avocado we’ll scrape in lime zest and squeeze one whole lime juice into the mix. Add in a bit of sea salt and black pepper to taste.


Step 6 – Divide avo mash onto two plates.

Mash the avocado with the use of a fork until a consistent smooth mix is created. Serve and divide avocado mash onto two plates. We’ll place the squid rings onto the mash in later steps.


Step 7 – Begin frying squid rings.

Before we begin we’ll test the oil by placing a piece of squid into the oil. If the squid begins to fry start putting the remaining squid rings onto the pan.

Fry a portion at a time to avoid overfilling the frying pan. Fry squid rings until golden brown on all sides and place cooked squid rings onto a paper towel.


Step 8 – Plate fried squid rings onto avo mash.

Once the squid rings have been fried we’ll plate our rings onto the smashed avocado.


Step 9 – Serve fried squid and avo with hot chili sauce.

Serve squid rings and avo mash with chili sauce and decorate as you please.


Step 10 – Enjoy your now finished crispy squid and smashed avocado.

There you have it! our crispy fried squid and smashed avocado are now ready to be enjoyed with half a lime ready to be squeezed on top.


All thanks to Jamie Olivers 5 ingredients cookbook

This recipe was followed by Jamie Olivers ‘5 Ingredients Quick & easy food’ cookbook. I’ve been really enjoying the simplicity of his book and with the use of only 5 main ingredients, these are a lot easier to attempt for any novice cook like myself.

I’ve attempted a few other recipes from this book including ‘Quick Asian salmon fishcakes‘ and ‘Thai crispy red snapper‘ with a few variations of my own. Feel free to check them out and my review of the book itself here ‘Jamie Olivers – 5 Ingredients book review‘.

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All the best with the recipe and if you guys have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below and I’d be more than happy to help out.

10 thoughts to “Crispy fried calamari served with smashed avocado”

  1. First I’m really impressed with the simple steps involved in arriving at this meal, and the presence of avocado in it makes me want to jump at it. I’m currently not on any diet and I feel really interested in trying this meal. The steps given here ate quite simple and so is the recipes as well. Your description of the process with the aid of pictures is really lovely also, and I’ll love to prepare it for lunch on a weekend, I hope it comes out as good as it seem.

    1. Hi Benson,

      Thanks for taking the time and reading the post. I’m glad I’ve made the steps really easy to follow and i’m sure if you try it for yourself it will turn out great! All the best 🙂

  2. I have always been afraid to cook calamari myself as I was scared it would turn out tough.

    Thank you for this easy to understand recipe complete with pictures.  It actually looks quite easy. I loved the idea of serving this with mashed avo. 
    Is the secret to soft calamari to cook it as fresh as possible?

    1. Hi Michel,

      I’m not sure if that it is the secret to soft calamari but from experience it’s definitely best to cook seafood fresh as possible. As for the toughness, I think the longer you cook the calamari the tougher and rubbery it becomes. So best to cook it just enough.

      All the best and be sure to let me know how you went if you do decide to give this recipe a go 🙂

  3.  cooking has never been a forte of mine but ten, seeing this has got me salivating to have a taste of the crispy fried calamari with avocado. I feel that cooking something like this would be worthwhile and thanks for sharing a recipes on how to. This looks really awesome and if i can, i would love to replicate it and have a meal of this. Thanks for sharing this though.

    1. Hi RoDarrick,

      That’s not a problem at all and I’m glad you found my post on Jamie Olivers recipe quite easy to follow. Be sure to give it a go as it’s quite easy to make and delicious! 

  4. For what is worth, this is really crispy looking and would be surely worth trying out by myself. I like that you have simplified the process involved in the making and that is very great as that would make it easier for me to replicate. All the images accompanying it too are just cool. This crispy fried calamari with smashed avocado is just a delicacy that I am eager to treat myself to.

    1. Hi Ramos,

      Thanks for taking the time and leaving some feedback. I’m glad you found my post easy to read and of course easy to follow. Absolutely, give the recipe a go and let me know how you went here. All the best! 🙂

  5. This recipe looks so delicious! Crispy fried Calamari served with smashed avocado. I like this recipe because it looks so easy and you have provided step by step pictures which makes it great.   I will check out the recipe Crispy Red Snapper because this is one of my favorite fish. 

    Jamie Oliver 5 ingredients cookbook  would make a good gift.  I think I will get this book for my son.  He loves to fish and cook seafood.  Thank you for Sharing!

    Best Wishes ~ Margaret

    1. Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for taking the time and reading my post and I’m glad you found the recipe quite easy to read. 

      I absolutely love Snapper too and the Thai crispy red snapper recipe is one of my favourites to make!

       I’m sure your son will enjoy the book also. All the best 🙂

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