Gluten Free Tempura Fried Calamari

Fried Calamari Tempura Style

I love fried calamari! Since I was diagnosed gluten intolerant, I have not been able to really patron many Italian restaurants let alone order fried calamari. But I found the Walmart near me carries a 1 pound bag for $5. I cannot believe how reasonable that is! The calamari is already cleaned and cut which is even better! Nevertheless, I made up a tempura batter, dipped the calamari in and fried them up to a crispy goodness!

Gluten Free Tempura Fried Calamari


  • 1 lb bag of calamari, cleaned and cut
  • 1 cup arrowroot
  • 1 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-3 cups ice cold water (depends on how thin you want batter)
  • Oil for frying


  1. Heat oil in a deep pot or fryer to 375º F.
  2. In a large bowl mix arrowroot, sweet rice, white rice, eggs and water together. Mix thoroughly.
  3. In batches – dredge calamari in batter, then place in hot oil.
  4. Fry 2-3 minutes or until golden and crispy.
  5. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Transfer to a ‘Warm’ oven until all calamari is done.
  6. Repeat frying steps until all calamari is done.

Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips

Fried Tortilla Chip

I love making homemade tortilla chips — it reminds me of the authentic Mexican Restaurants I love to frequent. And they are really simple and quick to make. They go wonderfully with Guacamole or salsa or just to be eaten plain all by themselves.

Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips


  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 10 fresh corn tortillas
  • Salt, to taste


Heat 1-inch of oil in a large frying pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. If your oil is smoking you have the heat up too high.

Arrange the tortillas in a stack and cut into 4 equal wedges. Fry a batch of chips at a time, not to crowd pan, turning occasionally with tongs, until crisp and lightly browned, about 1 minute or less. Drain chips on a paper towel-lined plate; sprinkle lightly with salt and store in an airtight container.

Gluten Free Fried Shrimp with a Garlicky Sweet Chili Sauce

I have a love affair with shrimp. It is my favorite seafood, yet I don’t get to eat it as much as I would love. Take me to a buffet and I am hoarding the peel and eat shrimp, LOL.

I wanted to do something different and decided to make fried shrimp with a Sweet Chili Sauce, but added garlic powder to the sauce originally by accident. Needless to say, the sauce came out really tasty even though I didn’t plan adding the garlic in the first place.

Breaded Shrimp with Sauce

Gluten Free Fried Shrimp with a Garlicky Sweet Chili Sauce


  • 1 cup vegetable oil, or more, as needed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar


  1. Garlicky Sweet Chili SauceTo make the sauce, whisk together the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, honey, garlic powder and rice vinegar in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, gluten free flour, cornstarch, egg. In another large bowl, combine gluten free breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
  4. Working one shrimp at a time, dip shrimp into buttermilk/flour mixture, then dredge shrimp through the breadcrumb mixture, pressing to coat.
  5. Working in batches, add shrimp to the skillet and cook until evenly golden and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  6. Serve immediately, drizzle with the Garlicky Sweet Chili Sauce.

Adapted from Damn Delicious

Gluten Free BLT with a fried egg

Today is my birthday and it felt like a BLT with Fried egg kind of day.

The kids are all at school… and I am home alone enjoying the peace and quiet. Gonna make a BLT with a Fried egg for breakfast…. yep, it is so far a good morning!

Gluten Free BLT with fried Egg | Small Town Living in Nevada

My parents are in town visiting so when my father comes into town he always brings me the fruits of his garden regardless if I have a garden going or not. But this trip he brought me vine ripened tomatoes out of his garden. A nice little addition to my sandwich!

Since my husband is allergic to sodium nitrates and msg I don’t fry up bacon practically ever. However, I do always keep a box on hand for when I get a craving. And of course today was the day and ohhhhhh, was it worth it!

Gluten Free BLT with a fried egg


  • 6 thick slices of bacon
  • 2 slices of gluten free bread, toasted – I used Udi’s
  • 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise – I used Best Foods
  • 3 tomato slices – garden fresh!
  • 2 leaves of green leaf lettuce
  • 1 large egg — I used fresh out of the chicken coop!
  1. In a skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  2. Spread the mayonnaise on both slices of toast, then top with the bacon, tomato and lettuce.
  3. In the same skillet that the bacon was fried, add the egg and fry over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp around the edge, about 3 minutes; the yolk should still be runny. Slide the egg onto the lettuce; close the sandwich and eat right away.

Gluten Free Fried Rice

My husband loves CalRose White Rice. It may not be as nutritious as brown rice – but that is what he likes and what I make most nights. Yet I have as of late not realized how many containers of leftover rice I had in the fridge.

So tonight I decided to make fried rice with the leftovers and so glad I did because it was oh so good!


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Fried Pork

Originally written on June 25, 2014

We bought pork in bulk at Costco and put large sections of the pork in freezer Ziploc Bags for easy access and then froze in our deep freezer. I pulled a frozen bag out this evening and sliced the chunk of meat into 6 thick slices. Breaded the slices and fried them up in coconut oil.


Fried Pork and Mashed Potatoes 

Hodgson Mill, Inc. Gluten Free Seasoned Coating Mix(breading)
Oil – I used Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil

Melt coconut oil in a deep skillet until it comes about 1-inch up the side of the pan.

Take out two shallow dishes like pie dishes – In one dish beat eggs. The other fill with GF Seasoned Coating Mix.

Coat pork in egg mixture, transfer to other plate and dredge through coating mix until coated. Fry pork until golden, about 6-7 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. (Keep pork chops in a warm oven if cooking all at once is not possible.)

Tempura Fish and Veggies

Originally written on July 5, 2014

AGH! My 3 year old turned the Garage Refrigerator to 0 without my knowledge until this morning. All the frozen fish in the freezer was thawed and the 15 lb pork shoulder was sitting in the fridge now needs to be cooked. I am now wishing I didn’t wait so long to chop the pork up into 3 lb bags for the deep freezer… but unfortunately we are now cooking the pork on the Traeger Grill.

Smoking it first and then slow cooking it. So the pork will be cooked in 12 hrs. And for the fish — I decided to make a tempura batter and fried it and some veggies up.


Tempura Fish and Veggies

Tempura Batter:
1/4 cup Corn or Potato Starch
1/4 Cup Glutinous Rice Flour
1/2 Cup Rice Flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup iced water

mix all together.

Unagi Sauce
1/4 cup Gluten Free Soy Sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 Cup Marin or Marsala Wine

place all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil… continuously stirring so as to not burn. Let cool and place in container and place in refrigerator.

Pan Fried Breaded Turkey

Originally written on July 15, 2014

I improvised on dinner tonight…. I searched the freezer and came across a bag of Turkey Burgers that I don’t use because my husband only likes beef burgers.

Needless to say, I breaded the turkey burgers with Gluten Free Flour seasoned with garlic seasoning. Then I mashed red potatoes with their skins on and cooked a yellow squash from my garden! And guess who ate all his dinner!


Pan Fried Breaded Turkey

5 Servings

  • 5 turkey burger patties
  • 5  eggs
  • 2 cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp garlic seasoning
  • 1 cup coconut oil

Place coconut oil in a frying pan. Heat oil to 375º.

Crack and beat eggs in a shallow dish. Mix flour and seasoning in another shallow dish. Take each turkey patty and coat in egg then dredge in the flour.

Brown the turkey in the hot oil until golden brown on both sides or until no longer pink.

Chicken Fried Pork

Originally written on August 3, 2014

Nonna wanted to cook last night and made us Chicken Fried Pork with Pork Cube steak. Oh so delicious! ChickenFriedPork.verbiage Chicken Fried Pork Ingredients: 6 pork cube steak 4 eggs 2 cups Ener-G Foods, Inc. Gluten Free Bread Crumbs 1 tsp italian seasonings 1 tsp dried minced onions 1 tsp dried parsley oil for frying Heat oil in a deep skillet until it comes about 1-inch up the side of the pan. Take out two shallow dishes like pie dishes – In one dish beat eggs. The other fill with Bread Crumbs, onions and herbs. Coat pork in egg mixture, transfer to other plate and dredge through coating mix until coated. Fry pork until golden, about 6-7 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. (Keep pork in a warm oven if cooking all at once is not possible.)