Five Spicy Calamari w/ Soy-Sesame sauce

Five-Spicy Calamari w/ Soy-Sesame Dipping Sauce
Serves 4 as an appetizer
 
ingredients
calamari
canola oil (for frying)
1 c ap flour
1 c panko bread crumbs
1 T five-spice powder
1 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 c buttermilk
1 lb cleaned calamari; tentacles whole; bodies cut into 1/2" rings
 
dipping sauce
1/4 c soy sauce
1/4 c rice vinegar
1 t minced garlic
1 t minced ginger
1 t sesame oil
1 t honey or agave nectar
 
instructions
pour oil to about 3 inches in heavy bottom pot. heat to ~350-375 F. whisk flour through black pepper in large bowl. place buttermilk in another bowl. add calamari to milk, then into bowl with flour. toss to coat and fry in oil in batches, about 2 minutes for each batch. remove with slotted spoon and place on plate lined with paper towels to drain.
 
for dipping sauce, whisk all ingredients together and adjust ingredients as needed.
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