I have a rather embarrassing story about calamari…..

When I was about 8, my family and I hit up the new Olive Garden in town. We ordered a couple of appetizers, one of those being calamari.  When the plate came out included was tentacles.  I was so excited to try them and when the waitress came to pick up the plate I proceeded to tell her how much I loved eating testicles. Yup, that’s right….testicles!! It was pretty embarrassing and my face still gets a bit red when I see calamari!


These are (obviously) the healthy, whole30, and paleo version of the deep fried calamari we all know and love! But you won’t miss the oil-ified version because these are BOMB and you are going to want to get. on. that.

You can find calamari and almost all grocery stores; usually in the frozen meat section. Serve with cocktail sauce or a lemon garlic aioli and alongside a big fatty salad! Heck, why don’t you just live on the wild side and put the calamari into the salad!


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 package of calamari, tubes sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbl favorite seasoning mixture (I like Everyday Seasoning from Trader Joe's)
  • OPTIONAL: squeeze of lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Take your calamari, wash and pat dry with a towel.
  3. Slice tubes to be at least 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Grab 2 bowls. In one of them add the flour and seasoning. In the other add a beaten egg.
  5. Dredge the calamari (dip into the egg, then into the flour)
  6. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 5 min. Flip and bake another 3-5 min or until golden brown.
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Whole30: yes

Paleo: yes

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