How to Make Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid

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Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid has become one of the staples of modern Australian cuisine, but it’s easy to make at home.

Salt and pepper squid recipe

So how did I come across this recipe? Trial and error. Lots of trial and plenty or error… I’ve tried too many variations to recall them all, BUT at least now I can share one recipe that’s an instant success.

The squid hidden inside the spicy crunchy coating is soft and so morish. And it’s all very simple to make at home.

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How to Make Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid
This Salt and Pepper Squid recipe is easy to make at home and tastes exactly like the squid bought at cafes. For a more spicy flavour, add extra pepper.
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For the Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid:
  • 2 squid tubes cleaned
  • 4 tbsp self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tbsp sechuan pepper or finely ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 cups olive or peanut oil for frying
To serve:
  • slices chopped shallots and red long chilli to garnish
Servings
Ingredients
For the Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid:
  • 2 squid tubes cleaned
  • 4 tbsp self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tbsp sechuan pepper or finely ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 cups olive or peanut oil for frying
To serve:
  • slices chopped shallots and red long chilli to garnish
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Instructions
To make the Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid:
  1. Rinse squid tubes under cold running water and dry off thoroughly with paper towels.
  2. Cut squid into bite-sized pieces and score the "fleshy" side on the diagonal to form a diamond pattern.
  3. Mix flours, pepper and salt in a bowl and add squid. Toss to coat well.
  4. Heat oil in a saucepan until very hot - test the temperature by dropping in a small bread crust, if it sizzles and bread turns golden brown within 10 seconds, the oil is ready.
  5. Using tongs, drop in small batches of about 5 pieces into the oil and cook until the crust turns golden.
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper towel. Repeat with the rest.
To serve:
  1. Fry up diced shallots and chilli to garnish.
  2. Serve immediately, or reheat in a very hot oven or under the grill.
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4 Responses to How to Make Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid

  1. Audrey says:

    Tasted salt and pepper squid for the first time at a restaurant in Noosa. It was so delicious, glad to get the recipe. We don’t seem to have it here in Cape Town.

  2. C. AYRES says:

    I will try this recipe.
    The best salt and pepper squid I have had by far was from a little cafe style restaurant alongside the Goolwa Bridge in South Australia. The batter was ‘barely there’ but the flavor and presentation were 10/10. Just how they got such a thin batter I do not know. And they served the whole squid – cut into rings but not totally severed, so it came out as one piece. Beautiful….

  3. Kayoe says:

    Just caught a couple of squid, found this recipe n tried it, all i can say is write this recipe down and keep it, beat all my expectations of it 😀

 

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