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Salt & pepper squid

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

  • Prep: 20 mins
    Cook: 5 mins
  • Serves 4 as a starter or as a main alongside other dishes
  • More effort
  • Serves 4 as a starter or as a main alongside other dishes
  • More effort
  • Calories 380
  • Carbohydrates 48
  • Saturated Fat 2
  • Sugar 7
  • Protein 20
  • Fat 14
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 3.29

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 380
  • Carbohydrates 48
  • Saturated Fat 2
  • Sugar 7
  • Protein 20
  • Fat 14
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 3.29

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
  • 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

Tip

Restaurant tips
When buying the squid for this recipe, ask your fishmonger for whole squid that has been completely cleaned. You will then be given the tentacles, which you leave whole, and the main tube. Cut open the tube so that you have a flat sheet (A), then cut this into finger-thick slices (B). You can buy frozen squid or rings, but fresh is best for flavour and texture.

Restaurant tips
This dish does require last-minute deep frying, but you can prepare everything else ahead. Take your cue from a restaurant kitchen and have the dip made, the flours mixed, the squid prepped and the garnish ready a good few hours in advance. Then when it comes to cooking, you just need to heat up the oil

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.

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