Air-Fried Lemon Pepper Calamari

Air-fried lemon pepper calamari. Delicious and a healthier option compared to the traditional deep-fried calamari. First, you marinate fresh calamari rings in a mixture of lemon juice, pepper, and spices to give them a zesty flavor. Then, you coat them in a light breading made with panko breadcrumbs and cornmeal.
Next, you pop them in the air fryer until they're crispy and golden brown. The result is a perfect crunchy exterior with a tender and juicy interior. Serve them up with some lemon wedges and a creamy dipping sauce, and you've got the perfect appetizer or snack for any occasion!
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Seafood Recipes, Snacks
Servings 2 servings
Calories 390 kcal


  • 200g fresh calamari tubes, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Greek yogurt
  • Lemon juice
  • Chives, finely chopped


  • Line the base of an air fryer with baking paper and preheat to 200C.
  • Mix the egg with the milk.
  • In another bowl, mix the panko with the lemon pepper and salt.
  • Pat the calamari rings dry with paper towels then coat in flour, dip in the egg mix, then coat with the panko mix.
  • Arrange a single layer of coated rings on the baking paper in the air fryer. Spray with canola oil and fry for 10-15 mins or until golden brown, turning once.
  • Mix the yogurt with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chives. Serve with calamari.

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