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Fraq’s Lobster Shack’s calamari club

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Fraq’s is the whitewashed Maine-inspired shack off Tottenham Court Road. It serves three rolls (including lobster, and hot prawn and avocado), but its flavour-packed calamari in a soft bun, for our money, trounces its more expensive cousins. fraqslobstershack.com

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Ingredients

  • squid tubes 4
  • eggs 3, beaten
  • fresh breadcrumbs 100g
  • olive oil
  • good quality burger buns 4
  • cos lettuce 1, leaves separated
  • capers 4 tbsp
  • pickles 2 large, or a handful of cornichons
  • good quality mayo 6 tbsp
  • lemon 1, juiced

Method

  • Step 1

    To make the tartare sauce, whizz the capers, pickles and mayo, then add a little lemon juice and season. 

  • Step 2

    Clean the squid in cold running water. Cut them in half so that you have two flat pieces. Soak them in the beaten egg, then coat them in the breadcrumbs. 

  • Step 3

    Pour olive oil to a depth of at least 1cm into a frying pan and put over a high heat. Fry in batches for about 1 minute on each side, or until they are golden and crisp. Lift onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain while frying the rest.

  • Step 4

    Lightly toast the burger buns so that they are crisp. Add a good dollop of the tartare sauce and plenty of lettuce leaves. Put the calamari on top of the lettuce, add a final spoon of the tartare sauce and a little squeeze of lemon, then close the bun.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 770
  • Carbs 60.4g
  • Protein 49.5g
  • Fat 35.4g
  • Salt 3.3g
  • Saturates 6.4g
  • Fibre 6g
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