Appetizers/ Seafood

Oven Baked Crispy Calamari with Basil Lime Mayo

June 7, 2020 (Last Updated: February 6, 2021)

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Total time to make this recipe: 25 minutes
overhead plate of calamari with lime and bowl of mayo

Crispy fried calamari is one of the most delicious things on this planet. But you can also enjoy their delicious flavor with this guilt-free version of oven-baked calamari. The same crispiness but less fat.

I’ve never been a big fan of fried foods. So I rarely fry at home and therefore I never buy the big bottles of frying oil. Although, sometimes I have cravings of fried foods like stuffed zucchini blossoms or delicious fried calamari, which reminds me of summer in Italy.

So, most of the time I try to resist the urge of frying in oil and I try to bake in the oven. Most of the times the results are surprisingly delicious. Just like these baked calamari.

What is Calamari?

“Calamari” is the Italian translation of Squid. Although in America the word Calamari is mostly used to identify the fried squid rings dish.

There are over 300 species of squids in the world, but less than a dozen are in fish markets and in the kitchen. Squids are related to octopus and cuttlefish and just like them, they have tentacles and ink.

You may see different sizes of squids used in various recipes. The very large ones are mostly cut into rings or stuffed. While the smaller ones (like in this recipe) are usually kept whole.

Check this link if you want to learn more about Calamari.

plate of crispy baked squids
photo of half plate with a fork on calamari

How to make Homemade Mayo

Homemade mayo is one of the most delicious and easiest things you can make! With just a few ingredients and following an easy technique, you’ll have fresh mayo in literally minutes.

The best thing about homemade mayonnaise is, of course, the fact that it’s fresh and that it doesn’t have any conservatives or any of the nasty things they put in the jarred ones.

The downside, however, is that with the minimum ingredients you’ll get 1 full cup of mayo and it will only last about a week in the fridge. Since we don’t eat mayo that much and I hate to waste food, this is the reason why I rarely make homemade mayonnaise.


  • 1 fresh egg, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 cup Oil (use a neutral-flavored oil)
  • Salt

If you want to be traditional, you can make mayo by hand and whisk whisk whisk with all your strength for about 10 minutes until you get a thick cream.

Or, you can take the shortcut like everybody does and use an immersion blender. Add all the ingredients in a large jar or pitcher. Place your immersion blender firmly at the bottom, covering the egg yolk. Turn it on and don’t move it for at least 15 seconds. Once the ingredients start to emulsify, slowly move the blender up and down until you get a thick creamy mayo.

crispy calamari covered with lime basil mayo

How long does homemade mayo last?

Homemade mayonnaise has a fresh raw egg inside and even though the egg will slightly cook with the acidity of the vinegar and lemon juice, it will not last long.

You can keep mayo in an airtight container or jar for about 1 week in the fridge.

It’s not possible to freeze mayo as the emulsion will break and separate.

plate of crispy calamari with a small bowl of mayo

The Recipe

If you like this baked calamari recipe, try also these other recipes with squids:

overhead plate of calamari with lime and bowl of mayo

Oven baked Calamari with Lime Basil Mayo

Crispy golden squids or Camalari baked in the oven for a guilt-free delicious seafood meal. Dip them in lime basil mayo for the best combination of flavors.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Jessica – Cooking my Dreams


For the Calamari

  • 10.5 oz (12 small) Calamari
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tbsp Parsley, minced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Olive Oil

For the Basil Lime Mayo

  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise, see post for recipe
  • 10 Basil leaves, minced
  • 1/2 Lime zest
  • 1/2 tbsp Lime juice


Make the Mayo:

  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise with the lime zest, lime juice and minced basil leaves. Mix well and adjust with salt and pepper if necessary. Cover with foil and let it rest in the fridge.

Make the Calamari:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F)
  • In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with the minced parsley, minced garlic and salt.
  • Clean the squids, then coat them with the breadcrumbs mixture and set them on a lined baking tray.
  • Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on top, then bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.


Calories: 395 kcal | Carbohydrates: 27 g | Protein: 27 g | Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 356 mg | Sodium: 979 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: calamari, seafood, summer food
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