Wild Garlic Spicy Calamari Bun

Looking for a spicy calamari recipe? Want that in a brioche bun, sir? Fancy a slathering of neon green home-made wild garlic mayo? Stick this in your face!

Done in 1 hour

Serves 2

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Calamari. Too often it's left neglected in the starters section - a pallid, greasy, chewy overture to more interesting things to come. Not this time. This calamari recipe is centre stage, singing loud and proud in a brioche bed with wild garlic mayo and pickled chillis. Isn't it lovely? It's also a perfect snack to eat with our really quite beautiful beer that we've made with our pals at Brewgooder.


Place the prepared squid rings and tentacles into a bowl along with the salt and milk. Stir to combine and leave to tenderise for half an hour.

Whisk together the cornflour, plain flour, baking powder, pepper, kashmiri chilli, smoked paprika and the other tsp salt. Set aside.

To make the mayonnaise: heat the oils gently in a saucepan then pour into a blender/nutribullet with the chopped wild garlic leaves. Blend hard until emulsified and pass through a fine sieve.

In a steep sided bowl place the egg yolk, mustard and vinegar. Get an electric whisk and very slowly whisk in the green, garlic infused oil. The mixture will start to thicken up and you'll be left with a bright green mayonnaise. Stir through the salt and garlic (just to make it even more garlicky). Classy!

When ready to fry, toast the buns in the butter until golden brown and set aside.

Heat the oil to 170°C. Take the squid pieces, around 5 at a time, and place them in the bowl with the flour. Move them around to coat liberally then move them to the hot oil. Fry for around 2 minutes or until golden and crispy. Repeat with the remaining squid.

Take a liberal tablespoon and slather your bottom bun. Cover with a liberal mound of the hot calamari and a squeeze of lemon. Add the guindija chillis, shallots and and a good dusting of sumac, then stuff it in your face and enjoy the Good Times.

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Hugh Woodward

Hugh Woodward

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