Salt & pepper squid

Quick salt & pepper squid

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Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 2 mins

A challenge

Serves 4

Serve up aromatic squid in just 2 minutes on the griddle

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal109
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.53g
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  • 400g large squid, or smaller ones totalling the same weight (the tentacles can be cooked alongside, if you want)



    From the same family as the octopus and cuttlefish, squid may look jellyish and unappetising but…

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
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  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • little sesame oil, to serve
  • few coriander sprigs, to serve
  • sweet chilli sauce, to serve


  1. Ask the fishmonger to clean the squid; little ones often come ready-cleaned. Using kitchen scissors, cut open the body and open out. Wash well, then pat dry. If you have a large squid, cut the body into four portions, roughly square. Small squid can just be opened up.

  2. Using the tip of a very sharp knife, score the top in a neat criss-cross. Brush with oil and set aside while you heat the barbecue or griddle until ready to cook.

  3. Mix together 2 tsp sea salt, Chinese five-spice and 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle on both sides of the squid just before cooking, according to taste. You may not need it all. Heat the griddle pan to hot and cook about 1 min each side, until it starts to curl. Remove with tongs to a serving plate and drizzle with a little sesame oil. To serve, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with small bowls of sweet chilli sauce to dip into.

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20th Jan, 2015
Bought the squid pre-prepared so it was the easiest dish to make, and tasty too.
28th Sep, 2012
Vor einigen Tagen habe ich fuer mich und meinen Ehemann diese Rezept ausprobiert. Sie schmeckte hervorragend. Ich kann sie nur empfehlen.
28th Jan, 2011
I tried this for a light lunch with salad. The only thing i did diferent was to cover them in a light oil before adding the spices, saving the need to oil the griddle pan. I will be trying this receipe with prawns next time, and i am sure the results will be tasty and a winner with my family.
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