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Fried Baby Squid from Spain – Puntillitas Fritas Recipe

The Puntillitas Fritas, or fried baby squid as they are called in English, is a very popular food from Southern Spain.

Even though there is no particular date of creation of this dish, it is believed that sailors from the third century A.C were the first ones to introduce different types of fried fish plates.

If you are looking for what to eat in Malaga, you might find them as calamaritos, and in other parts of Andalusia, it is called choquitos or chopitos, but either way, you are getting one of the best Spanish Seafood Recipes.

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Background of the Dish

closeup of fried baby squid puntillitas

Explore delightful baby squid recipes for a savory culinary experience.

What’s the difference between chipirones and puntillitas? Chipirones, baby or small squid in Spanish, are baby calamari, whereas fried baby squid in Spanish is puntillitas.

Also, know that calamari is the culinary term for squid. Cooking fried baby squids is part of a chipirones recipe.

To this day, eating puntillitas fritas and other types of tapas is one of the best things to do in Murcia, but if you can’t go to Southern Spain, with this recipe you will get a heads up about the experience! 

Step by Step instructions

To make this Spanish baby squid recipe, you will need the following ingredients

closeup of fried baby squid which is golden brown

Master the art of cooking baby squid for a flavorful and tender seafood delight, here are the steps to make Puntillitas Fritas:

  1. The first step to start with this recipe is very simple, you just have to wash and clean your baby squids. But do this carefully, since some of them might have sand or dust on their inside and you don’t want to find that when you bite into it!
  2. After that let them dry, you can speed up this process by drying them with a clean kitchen towel.
  3. In a large bowl mix the wheat flour and the corn or chickpea flour. Don’t worry if you don’t have one of them; you can use just one type, but by using both, you will get a crunchy result and a more robust flavor. 
  4. Once you mix your flour, toss your baby squids into that bowl and make sure they get entirely covered by the flour, this way you will ensure getting a really crispy result. In the meantime, preheat your extra virgin olive oil in a deep and large pan.
  5. When your oil is hot, it is time to start frying your puntillitas! You can drop and deep fry them one by one if you don’t feel comfortable cooking with hot oil, but if you are already used to it you can drop as much as you can but making sure that they have enough room.
  6. The last step is straightforward, too! You have to remove the excess oil from the squids, put a little bit more salt on top of them, and that’s it! They are ready to be served. 

May you experience the authentic taste of Spain with this delicious dish featuring Spanish baby squid.

Substitution of ingredients

a black plate with squid and yellow sauce on it

Try various mouthwatering baby calamari recipe for a delicious and tender seafood dish.

There are many ways to cook baby fried squid, including baby squid Andalusian style, baby squid tapas, and many more.

A lot of people are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease, but thankfully, there is a gluten-free version for them!

If you want to get a crispy squid but make it gluten-free, you have to change the flour for the same amount of cornstarch.

Also, ensure that the oil is new and that every pan is clean so there is no risk of gluten getting into your dish.

Besides that, if you want to spice things up, add some paprika or pepper into the flour and mix it; this way, your dish will get a nice and soft heat that will elevate the flavor.

You can add some bread crumbs into the flour for an extra crisp.

There are other squid recipes that allow you to bake or boil the squid, but the best way to cook squid is to fry it to make it crispy, baby squid!

Try another Andalucian recipe such as the fried Spanish calamari rings, the Spanish clams, or the Spanish fried fish for an authentic Spanish experience.

Tips on Serving

a closeup chipirones puntillitas on a white plate with spoon and fork and wine glass on the corner

Savor the crunch with a delightful crispy baby squid recipe.

This type of dish shines on its own, but if you add some elements, you can elevate the dish’s quality.

One of the easiest ways to elevate the fried baby squid dish is to serve it right next with dipping sauces, like aioli sauce, and sour cream with chopped chives.

Just make sure that the sauce is a creamy one that blends with the fish flavor, this means that sauces like barbeque or mustard wouldn’t fit in this category since they don’t blend well with fried fish.

Besides that, if you ever find yourself looking for what to eat in Granada, you will probably find multiple restaurants that serve them with potato fries.

But if you are not that lucky, you can easily make them at home, and they will be the perfect company for your battered baby squid!

I love to serve them with lemon wedges and black pepper on top! Indulge in the crispy perfection of fried chipirones.

Tips on Storage

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The best way to store this baby squid food is to store it right after it is cooked in a container with a lid, this way you will prevent all the fishy smell from getting into your fridge. 

Also, you keep it in the fridge for 1 to 3 days since if you leave it there longer, the squid will lose its freshness and get soggy.

Besides that, if you want to freeze them, you have to do it after putting the flour on them before frying them.

If you freeze them once they have already been fried, then they won’t get crispy.

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Spanish Fried Baby Squid – Recipe Card

Yield: 4 Servings

Fried Baby Squid from Spain - Puntillitas Fritas Recipe

closeup of fried baby squid puntillitas

The Puntillitas Fritas or fried baby squid as they are called in English is a very popular food from Southern Spain.

Even though there is not a particular date of creation of this dish, it is believed that sailors from third-century A.C were the first ones to introduce different types of fried fish plates and since then they haven’t left the spotlight of Andalusian cuisine.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 500g of Baby squid
  • Salt
  • 120g of corn or chickpea flour
  • 100g of regular (wheat) Flour
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Wash and clean the baby squid, then dry it completely and put a little bit of salt on them
  2. In a large bowl mix the two types of flour* and cover the baby squid with that mixture 
  3. In a deep and large pan heat the extra virgin olive oil 
  4. Fry the squid on the hot oil until they get golden brown, then remove.
  5. Put a little bit more of salt on top of them and serve as preferred!


If you don’t have one of the flours for this fried squid recipe don’t worry! You can use just one. Besides that, if you want to you can cover the squids on eggs and after that cover them with flour. If in your town you can find a tempura type of flour (the same one that’s used on other fried squid recipes) you can use it! 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 263Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 291mgSodium 215mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 26g

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FAQs on Fried Baby Squid

1. How to cook baby squid?

Cook baby squid by sautéing with garlic and olive oil for a few minutes until tender.

2. How to say puntillitas in English?

Puntillitas in English is “baby squid” or “tiny squids.”

3. How to prepare baby squid?

Prepare baby squid by cleaning it, marinating it in olive oil, garlic, and herbs, then grilling or sautéing it until cooked.

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