Vegan Calamari Recipe - Astig Vegan (2024)

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Vegan Calamari Recipe - Astig Vegan (1)I thought vegan Calamari would be perfect to eat ata game night – the NBA Finals Game 7 to be exact. I was ready with my ingredients and ready to make vegan Calamari for my family. But time flew by especially because the gamewas on the same dayas Father’s Day and we took our dad out to lunch. Before I knew it, I only had few minutes left to come over to mysister’s place andjoin everyone watching the game. Good thing I had leftover from my catering gig and had extra Pancit Palabok and Laing to bring with me. Iquickly made more Pancitfilling, packed everything, and rushedto my sister’s place. I wasn’t able to make vegan Calamari after all. I missed making it and I missed the first two quarters of the game! I arrived duringhalf-time, learning that it was a closefight.

Duringthe fourth quarter, my team, the Golden State Warriors, was losing and it was getting clear that the Cavaliers willbe the NBA champions this year. The game ended on a somber note for me and my family. I realized my vegan calamari wasn’t meant to be enjoyed that night anyway. Few days later, I finally made vegan Calamari and my family thoroughly enjoyed every bite. The game may not have been what I had hoped for but at least it gave me an idea that vegan Calamari could be a crowd pleaser. Maybe I’ll serve it at the next NBA finals where I’m sure the Golden State Warriors will reclaim its throne!

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Calamari has always been a family favorite. In the Philippines, we call it, “Calamares” and we serve it with spiced vinegar instead of marinara sauce (personally, I preferspiced coconut vinegar overspiced cane vinegar). Calamares isusually enjoyed as an appetizer, snack, or beer pairing-also known aspulutan. But then again, you could eat it with rice and call it an entrée!

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This vegan Calamari recipe is my second, simpler version. The first one with lettuce wraps couldseem intimidating because of the fixings, so this time I stuck with just the vegan Calamari itself. I also used sweet potato flour instead of glutinous rice flour. I didn’t use any binder like corn starch but the batter seemed to stick pretty well without it.

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This vegan Calamari is made of king trumpet mushroom coated in batter and deep-fried until crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It's perfect as appetizer, snack, beer pairing, or party food. Kain na, let's eat! Recipe is inspired by The Millennium's Arborio Rice Crusted King Trumpet Mushroom appetizer.

Serves: 3-5 servings


  • canola oil for deep frying
  • 11 ounces or 1 large bowl of king trumpet mushroom
  • ½ cup flour of choice (I used sweet potato flour)
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs (or corn meal)
  • dash of garlic salt
  • few pinches ground chili pepper (or Japanese or Korean chili pepper or Old Bay seasoning) (optional)
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
  • few pinches sea salt
  • lemon wedges for serving (optional)
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
  • spiced coconut vinegar for dipping (optional)


  1. Pour enough oil into a deep frying pan or pot until you have about 2 inches of oil. Heat over high heat. If you have a frying thermometer, aim for 365 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a thermometer, test a small amount of mushroom and see if it bubbles right away without boiling. If it does, it's ready. If the oil is starting to smoke before putting the mushroom, your oil has become too hot. Lower heat until smoke disappears.
  2. Using your hands or a vegetable peeler, strip the mushroom into thin layers.
  3. If you want to do the traditional round shape, thinly slice the mushroom horizontally into rounds and cut out the core.
  4. Combine flour, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. In batches, dunk the mushroom in milk then coat in flour mixture.
  5. Fry in oil for 3 minutes. Repeat steps for the rest of the batch. Make sure you don't overcrowd the pan or pot when frying.
  6. Place calamari on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  7. Sprinkle sea salt all over.
  8. Serve immediately. Serve with lemon wedges, parsley, and spiced vinegar (optional).
  9. To make the American calamari version, squeeze lemon juice over fried calamari and serve with marinara or tomato sauce on the side.


You could skip the chili pepper or seafood seasoning but I highly recommend using them. It may make the recipe complicated but it will have a closer flavor to squid calamari than an obvious mushroom calamari (especially handy when serving to omnivore family and friends).

You could find Japanese and Korean chili pepper at Asian grocery stores or online.

You could find Old Bay seasoning at most supermarkets or online. I prefer Old Bay seasoning but you could use other kinds of seafood seasoning (just double check the ingredients list to make sure it's vegan).

To make the American calamari version, spritz lemon over fried calamari and serve with marinara or tomato sauce on the side.

If serving to kids, serve with vegan mayo instead of vinegar.

If you would rather watch how the recipe unfolds, here’s a YouTube version:

I’ll have to wait for the next basketball season to catch the Golden State Warriors fight for the championship title again. Hopefully they’ll win next year. I willbe ready with a vegan Calamari in hand. For now, I’ll enjoy my vegan Calamari or Calamares with family and friends, with or without the lettuce wraps. I hope you do the same.Kain na, let’s eat!

*If you end up making the recipe and posting it on social media, feel freeto tag me at#astigvegan. Your feedback is always important to me! And for those who have, thank you so much! My instagram account is filled with your lovely recreations! Happy cooking and happy posting!

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