Chilli, Salt and Pepper Squid

Chilli, Salt and Pepper Squid created by Anonymous

This classic Cantonese starter is simple to make, but for real success, there are a couple of rules you need to follow. Most important: always use clean oil for your deep-frying. The resulting batter will be crisp, crunchy and light, as opposed to heavy, greasy and 'dirty' in flavour. And be sure to serve it immediately: this dish is best eaten piping hot.

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  • Rinse and dry the squid thoroughly.
  • Slice each squid tube horizontally into 1/2in rings. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine both types of flour with the chili powder, sea salt and Szechuan pepper. Add the squid and toss to coat, shaking off any excess flour.
  • Fill a wok with oil to about a third full (about 2 cups) and heat until the surface seems to shimmer slightly.
  • Add half the squid and deep-fry it for between 45 seconds and 1 minute, or until it's just tender and beginning to colour. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well on kitchen paper. Repeat the process with the remaining squid.
  • Arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter and top with the squid. Serve with the lemon wedges.
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"This classic Cantonese starter is simple to make, but for real success, there are a couple of rules you need to follow. Most important: always use clean oil for your deep-frying. The resulting batter will be crisp, crunchy and light, as opposed to heavy, greasy and 'dirty' in flavour. And be sure to serve it immediately: this dish is best eaten piping hot."
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  1. Anonymous
    Chilli, Salt and Pepper Squid Created by Anonymous
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  2. claireannette
    I think this recipe would be amazing except for the amount of salt!!! It was way tooo salty I am going to try it again with only I teaspoon salt!
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  3. tasteeone
    I used peeled shrimp and it was really good. I will try it with calamari next time. It was super easy. I didn't use the chili powder, I used a pinch of cayanne.
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  4. Chef floWer
    Outstanding, I'm a big fan of squid and I love spicy foods so I knew I would love this recipe. I cut the recipe down to one serving (the rest of the family was eating steak but I don't eat red meat) and made it as directed, it was perfect. Served it with Recipe #34797. Thank you English_Rose
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  5. Chef floWer
    Chilli, Salt and Pepper Squid Created by Chef floWer
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