Fast Recipes

Salt-and-pepper squid

The classic you know and love, ready in a flash.
Ben Dearnley

Salt-and-pepper squid works well with stir-fried greens and rice or with a salad on the side. Add extra chilli if you like more of a kick.



1.Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add all the peppercorns and dry-roast until fragrant (20-30 seconds; see cook’s notes p176). Crush with 1 tsp sea salt flakes with a mortar and pestle until finely ground, then combine two-thirds with cornflour in a shallow bowl and reserve remainder.
2.Pat squid dry with paper towels. Heat 5cm oil in a wok over medium-high heat to 180°C. Dip squid in eggwhite, then in cornflour mixture to coat thoroughly, shaking off any excess, and deep-fry in batches, stirring to prevent catching, until light golden (2-4 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
3.Add chilli, spring onion and garlic to oil, and deep-fry until golden (10-20 seconds). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Combine squid and chilli mixture in a bowl with coriander and scatter over remaining peppercorn mixture. Serve with lemon wedges.

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