Salt & pepper squid

Salt & pepper squid

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 5 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 4 as a starter or as a main alongside other dishes

Crisp, spicy coating and hot, tender squid make an irresistible combination

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
380
protein
20g
carbs
48g
fat
14g
saturates
2g
fibre
1g
sugar
7g
salt
3.29g

Ingredients

  • 85g cornflour
  • 85g plain flour
  • 2 tsp black pepper, cracked
  • 2 tbsp ground Szechuan peppercorns, roughly crushed
  • sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 400g squid, cleaned and cut into strips (see tips, below)
  • finely sliced spring onion and green chilli, to serve

For the dipping sauce

  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • half cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 100ml rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce

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Method

  1. To make the dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until the sugar has dissolved, then set aside. Mix the cornflour and plain flour with both peppers and 2 tsp sea salt in a large bowl, then set aside. Line a tray with kitchen paper and make sure you have more salt to sprinkle with.
  2. Heat about 7cm of oil to 180C in a deep fryer, wok or deep pan. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test it with a cube of bread – it should brown in 20 secs. Coat the squid well with the flour mix and fry in batches for about 2 mins each or until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to lift out the squid, then drain on the kitchen paper and sprinkle with a little more salt. Serve the squid scattered with the spring onion and chilli, with the dipping sauce on the side.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2011

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KED's picture
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Great recipe, this was the first time I had cooked squid but I found it pretty easy. I put it with some stir fried cabbage to bulk it out. Remember the tentacles need a little less time that the bell.

isandrina's picture

Great recipe, quick and easy! The dipping souce is delicious! One more red chilli can be added to make it spicier.

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