Air Fryer Frozen Calamari Rings

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Air Fryer Frozen Calamari Rings. How to cook frozen calamari in the air fryer. Whether you call them calamari rings or squid rings, they are perfectly cooked in air fryer and oh so crispy.

air fryer frozen calamari rings recipe
air fryer frozen calamari rings recipe

Air Fryer Frozen Calamari Rings

As kids we can be terribly fussy with our food, can’t we? Many say our palate is not mature as a child, but I just say that we look with our eyes and are disgusted by anything that was not too familiar with us.

Or as a mum journalist I know once said “kids treat any new food with suspicion”.

As a child I hated peppers, brie cheese, meat, and courgettes the most. Yet as an adult I adore air fryer peppers, baked brie and don’t get me started about my love for air fryer steak.

One thing I remember complaining about as a kid was calamari rings. I was on holiday in France with my parents and thought that I was getting onion rings.

Turned out that it was this horrible slippery fish that was put in front of me instead and I took one bite and left the rest.

Fast forward to 25 years later and I love calamari rings and across the Mediterranean most places will sell calamari rings rather than onion rings.

Or if you prefer fresh rather than frozen do try our air fryer calamari that we updated for you yesterday.

My kids love them and are clearly not as fussy as I was, though of course they do have their moments:

Air Fryer Frozen Calamari Rings with Sofia

We will often find them in local buffet restaurants and local cafes. I remember having lunch out with Dominic and the kids and it was the daily special.

Their calamari rings were deep fried though and my first thought was making a batch for the air fryer that would be less greasy and lower in calories and that is why today I am here sharing with you a delicious recipe for air fryer frozen calamari rings.

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Can You Air Fry Frozen Calamari Rings?

Yes you can and they are AMAZING. You can air fry either frozen breaded calamari rings or frozen battered calamari rings. The ones we cooked are beer battered and crisp up perfectly in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Frozen Squid Rings

Maybe you are wondering what calamari rings are, but you have heard of squid rings? Well they are similar and from country to country it can be either referred to as squid rings or calamari rings.

Many also consider calamari to be the expensive version of squid.

Here in Portugal you will find frozen calamari rings in the supermarket yet go out for dinner and it will be called squid rings on the menu.

How To Cook Frozen Fried Calamari In Air Fryer?

air fryer frozen calamari rings step by step

Air frying frozen calamari rings is EASY:

  1. Remove packaging from your frozen calamari rings.
  2. Load frozen calamari into the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook your calamari for 8 minutes turn and cook for a further 6 minutes.
  4. Serve with favourite dipping sauce.

Frozen Calamari Air Fryer Time

As mentioned above, it only takes 14 minutes to air fry frozen calamari rings.

This might seem quite a long time for air fryer frozen food but note that calamari rings are rather large and have a big batter around them.

My calamari rings would have been cooked in 10 minutes BUT to get a crispy golden battered coating you need to give them a little longer.

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More Air Fryer Frozen Recipes

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air fryer frozen calamari rings
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Air Fryer Frozen Calamari Rings

Air Fryer Frozen Calamari Rings. How to cook frozen calamari in the air fryer. Whether you call them calamari rings or squid rings, they are perfectly cooked in air fryer and oh so crispy.
Cook Time14 minutes
Total Time14 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 227kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Frozen Calamari Rings Recipe Ingredients:


  • Remove packaging from calamari rings and load the frozen calamari into your air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Shake your air fryer basket, spray with a little extra virgin olive oil and cook for a further 6 minutes at 200c/400f.
  • Serve with your favourite seafood dipping sauce.



Don’t overcrowd your air fryer. In our frozen calamari recipe we cooked in 2 batches so that the rings didn’t stick together.
For a dipping sauce we mixed 2tbsp of mayonnaise with 1tsp of tomato ketchup.
If you prefer homemade calamari rings, then try our air fryer calamari recipe.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 1g
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