Tortilla-Chip-Crusted Calamari With Chili-Yogurt Sauce

Tortilla-Chip-Crusted Calamari With Chili-Yogurt Sauce Photo: Kana Okada; Stylist: Phillipa Brathwaite


  • 8 ounces plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 pounds cleaned squid
  • 4-5 cups tortilla chips (about 6-8 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Fresh greens (such as mâche) and lemon wedges for serving


1. Combine the yogurt with garlic, chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and lime juice; cover and refrigerate.

2. Separate the squids' tentacles from their bodies (if that has not been done already); slice the bodies into 1/2-inch rings, and cut the tentacles in half if they're large. Rinse squid well, and drain.

3. Put the tortilla chips in a food processor; pulse a few times, then let food processor run until tortilla chips are finely ground. Transfer crumbs to a plate, and combine with remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

4. Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, dredge squid lightly in the crumbs, tapping to remove excess; add to skillet without crowding. (You may have to work in batches, using remaining 1 tablespoon oil.) Cook, turning once, until the squid is firm, lightly browned, and opaque within (cut into a piece to check; about 3-4 minutes per batch). Drain on paper towels, and serve immediately with yogurt sauce, lemon wedges, and greens.

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  • Yield: Makes 5 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup calamari and 1/4 cup sauce)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 394
Fat per serving: 18.8g
Saturated fat per serving: 3.4g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 10g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 4g
Protein per serving: 25g
Carbohydrate per serving: 30g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 323mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 177mg
Calcium per serving: 133mg

Good to Know

This creamy sauce is just as flavorful as—but much healthier than—a traditional, mayonnaise-based tartar sauce.