Dipping sauce for calamari?
- ipsedixit Sep 28, 2010 09:44 AM
Anyone have a recipe or an inspiration/idea for a dipping sauce for calamari?
I've got a few ideas in mind (basically the tried and true) but looking for something unique or inventive.
At the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Greenville, South Carolina they serve their calamari with a sweet thai chili sauce and a big lemon wedge for squeezing. The chili sauce is so ubiquitous now that you can get it at most decent grocery stores in the ethnic food section.
This is the stuff I keep on hand at home. I don't get it from Amazon...btw.
Our "house recipe" for fried calmari is to just chop up some pickled pepperoncini and scatter over the squid, then squeeze some lemon on top. We first had that at a restaurant in Savannah GA and have been serving it that way ever since, but we ate at Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger last weekend and the calamari there is served with a Thai lime dipping sauce that was delicious. I just googled it and it's fish sauce, lime juice, cilantro, basil, mint, and ginger. It was wonderful, so next time we fry calmari, we're trying this!
You could do Rhode Island style fried calamari which isn't exactly a dipping sauce, I make it a bit differently but there is a link to a Jasper White recipe below. Peruvian Huacatay Sauce goes nicely, as does Piri Piri sauce (although its more along the tried and true). If you want to experiment a bit, I have had some sauces where you chop a bit of garlic, then hot peppers (something with a bit of color, malaguetas, thai red chilis, hot red italians or hungarian -- use more), and cover them with coconut milk and let them sit a while in the fridge (to pick up flavors and let the garlic mellow or fry it first)... serve it with spices you prefer and correct with a bit of lime juice as needed.