Asian-Style Salt & Pepper Squid

Asian-Style Salt & Pepper Squid

Ingredients (for 2 people)

  • 500g of fresh whole squids 
  • 200g of flour (ideally cornstarch or rice flour)
  • 4 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 stalks of spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh chilli finely chopped or chilly flakes, optional
  • 1 lime sliced in 4 wedges
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. On a shallow plate, toss together the flour with two teaspoons of salt and freshly ground black pepper, then set aside
  2. Wash your squids and cut the tentacles off using a sharp knife. Cut each squid hood in half lengthways, then score inside in a criss-cross pattern. Cut each piece in half lengthways, then cut each strip crossways into 4 pieces
  3. Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil in a wok or pan to medium and high heat
  4. Using paper towel, pat dry your squid before lightly coating it in the flour mixture, shaking off excess
  5. Add garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant (before it starts to golden), then stir-fry the squid with spring onions and if using chilli until lightly golden and crispy
  6. Once cooked, place on a plate with a paper towel to soak excess oil and serve immediately with lime wedges and a side salad
  7. Enjoy!


Asian-Style Salt & Pepper Squid
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