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.
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
- slices chopped shallots and red long chilli to garnish
To make the Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid:
Rinse squid tubes under cold running water and dry off thoroughly with paper towels.
Cut squid into bite-sized pieces and score the "fleshy" side on the diagonal to form a diamond pattern.
Mix flours, pepper and salt in a bowl and add squid. Toss to coat well.
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.
Using tongs, drop in small batches of about 5 pieces into the oil and cook until the crust turns golden.
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper towel. Repeat with the rest.
Fry up diced shallots and chilli to garnish.
Serve immediately, or reheat in a very hot oven or under the grill.