Recipe by Mel Zlotkowski
I introduced my friends and family to salt and pepper squid at our local Chinese restaurant. Now it doesn't matter which Chinese restaurant we go to - this is the only dish that we order 2 serves of. This tasty version I adapted from Neil Perry's recipe (appears on the Australian Lifestyle channel website). I found the tempura batter a great substitute for the rice flour.
Top Review by Chickee
Great recipe Mel! I've been looking for the right combination of peppers and salt for a while. I did find it needed a little more salt, but you can always taste the first batch and add more if required. I served this as an entree on Christmas Day on top of a salad of rocket, avocado and cucumber with a sweet tamari dressing. My coeliac BIL was happy. To make the squid softer, I soaked for 5 hours or so in milk.
- 10 -20 small dried red chilies (optional)
- 3 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons szechuan peppercorns
- 500 g rice flour (or tempura flour, I used tempura batter instead)
- 1 kg squid, tubes cut in half so it flat,then into strips. they will curl in the oil
- 500 ml peanut oil
- 2 tablespoons coriander, chopped (I don't add this)
- 2 limes (cut in half for squeezing, I don't add this either, but it would be nice!!!!!)
Directions See How It's Made
- Dry roast spices (salt, both types of peppercorns and chilli) in a pan over a low heat until salt starts to turn golden and spices fragrant.
- Place into a mortar and pestle and cool.
- Once cool, grind with the mortar and pestle to a fine consistency.
- Mix through the rice flour (tempura batter/ flour).
- Heat oil in a wok or saucepan to 180 degrees Celsius (a sugar thermometer is the safest and best way to check your temperature).
- Cut squid into thin strips (or score lightly with knife and cut into larger pieces).
- Dust lightly in the flour mix and cook a small batch at a time to retain the heat in the wok to give your squid crunch.
- Drain on absorbent paper and place onto your plate.
- To Serve Sprinkle some chopped coriander over the top, a bit more salt if you wish and add some lime wedges.
- Great with an Asian beer!
- I hope that you give it a try'cause it's not stringy and not too fishy- it ends up really tender.