Raise your hand if you love coriander as I do! Love the flavour of coriander seeds, that is why I like to keep as they are and grind them only if I need.

The seed of the cilantro plant is known as coriander. Although cilantro and coriander come from the same plant, their flavors are very different and cannot be substituted for each other. Some countries refer to the cilantro as coriander, so any references to “fresh coriander” or “coriander leaves” refer to cilantro.

In Indonesian cuisine, coriander seed is widely used, but not the leaf or cilantro. Chinese celery leaves are more popular and being used in our cooking. I started knowing about cilantro while I learned about Mexican and Thai cuisine.


Coriander Calamari Rings
Recipe by me

Ingredients:
454 g (1 lb) frozen calamari rings, thawed*

Marinate:
1 tsp freshly ground coriander
1/8 tsp turmeric powder

Breaded:
1/2 cup rice flour
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp freshly ground coriander
salt and freshly ground black pepper as desired
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs with a touch of dried parsley or dried cilantro

Notes:
* Tips to thaw: Place unopened bag of calamari under cold running water for 10 to 15 minutes. Open bag and let drain in colander for about 2 minutes

Coriander Calamari Rings closer

Directions:
1. Marinate calamari rings with coriander and turmeric and let stand for 15 minutes.

2. Combine rice flour, garlic powder, coriander, salt and pepper. Coat the calamari rings in rice flour mixture, shaking them out to get rid of any excess.

3. Dip them into egg. Dip them into bread crumbs, coating them well, and shaking off any excess.

4. Up to this point may be done in advance, and the calamari rings refrigerated for a couple of hours, until you are ready to fry.

5. While you ready to fry the calamari, heat the oil (the secret to crispy calamari is hot, hot oil, just below the smoking point). Fry the rings (in batches) about 1 minute, or until they are golden. I enjoyed calamari rings with my favourite hot sauce, Indonesian hot sauce. If you feel tartar, honey mustard, mayo, mustard, ketchup or tzatziki for dipping, go ahead.

39 COMMENTS

  1. hey there, fellow indon blogger πŸ™‚ apa kabar? i stumbled upon your blog and i'm glad i did! i don't cook much indonesian food, so i'll be back to learn more from you! ciao~

  2. LCOM: go ahead :)Maria: please do come back :)Kevin: I would love to grind with mortar and pestle as I did in my country, too bad I haven't found a mortar and pestle that is the same style like in Indonesia. Right now I just grind with a spice grinder

  3. hey there, fellow indon blogger πŸ™‚ apa kabar? i stumbled upon your blog and i’m glad i did! i don’t cook much indonesian food, so i’ll be back to learn more from you! ciao~

  4. LCOM: go ahead πŸ™‚

    Maria: please do come back πŸ™‚

    Kevin: I would love to grind with mortar and pestle as I did in my country, too bad I haven’t found a mortar and pestle that is the same style like in Indonesia. Right now I just grind with a spice grinder

  5. Can I have the calamari rings and the sandwich in one meal? Your sandwiches are so good but I don't think I will be full eating so light πŸ˜›

  6. Can I have the calamari rings and the sandwich in one meal? Your sandwiches are so good but I don’t think I will be full eating so light πŸ˜›

  7. Looks delicious!Thanks for the info re coriander seeds vs cilantro. I never knew that cilantro wasn't widely used in Indonesian cooking.Am enjoying your blog, learning about Indonesian cooking.-jshttp://eatingclubvancouver.blogspot.com

  8. This is a must order dish when we go to Italian restaurant. I did this once but the oil splatter everywhere and never do it again πŸ™‚

  9. This is a must order dish when we go to Italian restaurant. I did this once but the oil splatter everywhere and never do it again πŸ™‚

  10. Pep, calamari rings itu kesukaan anakku banget. Tapi aku selalu beli yg udah jadi *ketauan deh malesnya*. Kapan2 pengen coba bikin sendiri aaahh.Ngomong2, blogmu udah bisa diliat pake IE7. Sidebarnya muncul semua πŸ™‚

  11. a lot of chinese-indonesian foods use quite a bit of cilantro Pep, so i actually ate them since i was small. your calamari rings looks delish…

  12. Js: Thanks for stopping byIcook4fun: hahahah I do sometimes but still make them again and againSheila: manggas silahkanEliza: Thanks for letting me know back then I myself never saw cilantro at our city traditional markets, so it means not widely used.

  13. Pep, calamari rings itu kesukaan anakku banget. Tapi aku selalu beli yg udah jadi *ketauan deh malesnya*. Kapan2 pengen coba bikin sendiri aaahh.

    Ngomong2, blogmu udah bisa diliat pake IE7. Sidebarnya muncul semua πŸ™‚

  14. a lot of chinese-indonesian foods use quite a bit of cilantro Pep, so i actually ate them since i was small.
    your calamari rings looks delish…

  15. Js: Thanks for stopping by

    Icook4fun: hahahah I do sometimes but still make them again and again

    Sheila: manggas silahkan

    Eliza: Thanks for letting me know back then I myself never saw cilantro at our city traditional markets, so it means not widely used.

  16. Oh, those look and sound gorgeous. This is new to me—coriander with fried calamari—and I must try it. Thanks for the recipe. What is in the Indonesian sauce for dipping that you mentioned? I was wondering if you made it or if it's something I might be able to buy.

  17. Oh, those look and sound gorgeous. This is new to me—coriander with fried calamari—and I must try it. Thanks for the recipe. What is in the Indonesian sauce for dipping that you mentioned? I was wondering if you made it or if it’s something I might be able to buy.

  18. What a tasty appetizer! Calamari is always so delicious, especially when it’s fried. I would love to include your recipe in our pre-loaded Demy, the first and only digital recipe reader. Please email [email protected] if you’re interested.

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  19. Stumbled upon your site and am pleasantly surprised by how great your postings are. Enjoy your recipes very much. Thank you for sharing. Will definitely try out the calamari rings when I get home.

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