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Easy recipe: Peri peri calamari

 Easy recipe: Peri peri calamari (Photo: Chef Ali)

It’s a seafood affair! And today let’s make some delicious peri peri calamari


1/2kg calamari cut into rings 

1 teaspoon garlic ginger paste 

Salt to taste

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 

Juice of 1 lime 

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 litre vegetable oil for frying 


250grams margarine (salted)

50g paprika (red sweet pepper powder)

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

2 tablespoons vinegar 

Juice of 2 lime 

1 teaspoon garlic ginger paste 


Marinate the calamari with lime juice, black pepper, garlic ginger paste and salt.

Mix well and set aside for 1-2 hours for the flavours to infuse well.

In a Deep pan with vegetable oil over medium heat fry the calamari until brown and crisp on the outside. Remove from oil and set aside.


In a pan over medium heat add in the margarine and melt it until becomes liquid. Reduce heat to low then add in the garlic ginger paste, vinegar and lime juice.

Cook for 2 minutes then remove from heat and add in the paprika and cayenne pepper, stir well until combined.

At this point, you don’t want to return to the heat because the paprika will burn.

Put the calamari in the sauce mixture, stir well and let the sauce coat all over the calamari pieces. 

Serve with fries and a side salad. Enjoy!

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