20 unique dipping sauces for calamari that will make you lick your fingers. There’s no need to buy bottled sauce; these delicious calamari dips are super-easy and quick to make.
Do you love fried calamari rings as much as we do? Then you must try some of the best dipping sauces for calamari I could find. Because no matter how great a crispy fried calamari ring is, it is even better when dipped into a creamy sauce.
Make a sauce or two and serve them with Air Fryer Frozen Calamari, for instance.
Why are homemade dipping sauces better?
- Healthier: They contain no additives, preservatives, or other chemicals; they contain less or no sugar.
- Cheaper: Whipping a sauce at home will cost less than buying a bottle.
- Fewer leftovers: When I buy a bottle or jar of sauce, I always have trouble finishing it before it goes bad. Homemade sauces are easier to scale, meaning that you will throw less food in the bin and keep down the expenses.
- Homemade always tastes better!
- Homemade Whole Egg Mayonnaise
This is the simplest and best recipe for making mayonnaise. All you need are a jar and an immersion blender. The result is the best-tasting mayo ever! Use this mayonnaise to make any of the following mayonnaise-based dips.
2. Spicy Mayo with Sriracha
A weeknight sauce that always saves the day and brings left-overs back to life. It’s umami-packed and versatile, and the best part is that it's ready in less than 5 minutes. Perfect for fried calamari!
3. Spicy Garlic Aioli
A creamy and garlicky sauce perfect for dipping. Try it with calamari, chicken wings, oven-baked potato wedges, or fries.
4. Lemon Dill Aioli
As you can see, I really love aioli, I've tried so many versions, and I never get tired of it. This lemony version with dill is mouth-watering!
5. Baja Sauce Recipe (Taco Bell Copycat)
A lighter and delicious version of the Taco Bell sauce made with light mayo, jalapeno, and lots of spices. It's so easy to make and takes only 10 minutes from start to finish!
6. Quick Cilantro Lime Sauce with Garlic
The sauce is creamy, tangy, and garlicky and can be made in less than 5 minutes. You can't go wrong in pairing the sauce with any sort of fried delight. From fries to fried calamari or fish, this creamy concoction is the perfect match.
7. Raising Cane's Sauce
Raising Cane's secret sauce is the perfect blend of mayo, ketchup, and spices. This copycat recipe tells you exactly what is in the signature sauce, so you can make it at home.
8. Remoulade Sauce
This recipe is more like a Louisiana remoulade because of the paprika, cayenne, and mustard. It pairs well with seafood, fried calamari included; it's tangy and spicy.
9. Tartar Sauce Recipe
So easy to make and way better than any of the jarred tartar sauce you’ll find at the store, you’ll love this tangy and creamy recipe. Made with dill pickles, fresh dill, and capers.
Asian-Style Dipping Sauces for Calamari
10. Sweet Chili Sauce
A spicy sauce that is made with readily available ingredients and, as with all foods that we make ourselves, we can control the quality of the ingredients which we use. It is certain to become a staple condiment in your home!
11. Easy Yum Yum Sauce
A creamy, tangy, sweet, and savory, mayo-based sauce that's often served in Japanese hibachi restaurants. A perfectly balanced and easy-to-make sauce that's not only great with steak but with calamari too.
12. Homemade Hoisin Sauce
13. Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
A healthier homemade version of the popular teriyaki sauce: soy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and sugar-free! A naturally sweet version of the classic to have on hand for any Asian dish, sauce, or marinade!
14. Bang Bang Sauce
If you like spicy sauce, this is for you. If you like sweet sauce, this is for you. If you’re a creamy sauce fan, then this is for you.
15. Classic Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
This dipping sauce is perfectly salty with tons of umami flavor from the fish sauce; it's tangy from the fresh lime juice and has just the right amount of sweetness.
16. Creamy Sweet Chili Sauce
The next time you make calamari or fish sticks, try this delicious seafood sauce alternative. It's really tasty, really quick, and made with only four ingredients.
Other Dipping Sauces for Calamari
17. Cocktail Sauce Recipe
Delicious savory and spicy cocktail sauce that you won’t be able to resist.
18. Copycat McDonald's Sweet and Sour Sauce
An easy-to-make, healthier and delicious copycat sauce recipe that's perfect not only for chicken nuggets but for fried calamari as well.
19. Easy Spiced Tomato Ketchup
This family favorite condiment, aka homemade ketchup from fresh tomatoes, is easy to make with ingredients you already own or can easily get from the grocery store.
20. Easy Yogurt Mint Sauce
Creamy yogurt mint sauce that takes only minutes to put together. It goes perfectly with veggies, seafood, lamb, or as a topping.
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