Frozen Calamari in Air Fryer [Breaded]

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Searching for a tasty and easy-to-make seafood appetizer? Frozen calamari in the air fryer have to be among the favorites!

Ready in minutes and breaded to perfection, air fryer frozen calamari rings are crispy, tender, and perfectly dippable!

crispy calamari rings on white plate with red dipping sauce beside
Air fryer frozen calamari are super easy to make.

Recipe Tips

Before you make frozen calamari rings in the air fryer, have a read through these recipe tips so that you know what to expect:

  • Our calamari rings were breaded – if you have unbreaded calamari rings, you total cooking time might vary slightly.
  • There’s no need to defrost the frozen calamari rings first. You can simply add them to the preheated air fryer from frozen.
  • You don’t need to spray the calamari rings with any extra oil – typically the breading already contains some oil.
  • Make sure to fully cook the calamari rings before taking them out of the air fryer. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

If you are wondering how to cook frozen calamari in the air fryer, you can follow the recipe process photos in this section.

In case you just want the air fryer recipe for frozen calamari rings without visuals, skip to the recipe card at the bottom of the post!

frozen calamari rings in black air fryer tray on white counter
Add the frozen calamari rings to the air fryer.

First, preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the air fryer is hot, add the frozen calamari rings in one even layer.

You don’t want any overlap, so just add however many calamari rings you can fit in one layer.

crispy breaded calamari rings in black air fryer tray
Make sure the calamari rings are fully cooked.

Cook the frozen calamari rings for 8-10 minutes total until fully cooked through and crispy on the outside.

Flip the rings halfway through the cooking time. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure the calamari is cooked.

Your exact cooking time can vary by brand of frozen calamari and your air fryer.

crispy calamari rings on white plate with ketchup dipping bowl beside
Enjoy your calamari rings!

When done, remove the calamari from the air fryer and serve them with your preferred dipping sauce (e.g. ketchup or chipotle mayo). Enjoy!

Storage Tips

Air-fried frozen calamari rings taste best when they are hot and crispy.

The longer they sit out and cool, the softer they become and the more the breading will lose its crispiness.

If you do end up having leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge. Make sure to eat them within 2-3 days.

Don’t expect the calamari rings to be too crispy anymore, but reheating them in the air fryer can help a bit.

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crispy calamari rings on white plate with ketchup dipping bowl beside

Air Fryer Frozen Calamari

Yield: 10
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Air Fryer Frozen Calamari makes a tasty seafood appetizer! These crispy breaded rings are easy to make in just minutes and are very dippable!

Ingredients

  • 8-12 frozen calamari rings, breaded
  • your favorite dipping sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Once the air fryer is hot, add the frozen calamari rings into the air fryer tray in one even layer. You don't want any overlap, so just add however many calamari rings you can fit in one layer.
  3. Cook the frozen calamari rings for 8-10 minutes total until fully cooked through and crispy on the outside. Flip the rings halfway through the cooking time. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure the calamari is cooked. Your exact cooking time can vary by brand of frozen calamari and your air fryer.
  4. When done, remove the calamari from the air fryer and serve them with your preferred dipping sauce (e.g. chipotle mayo). Enjoy!

Notes

  • This recipe is for breaded calamari rings. The cooking time for unbreaded calamari might vary slightly.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gUnsaturated Fat: 9.8gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 8g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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