Salt & Pepper Squid

Perfect for a starter, party food or a side dish, the irresistible combination of a crispy coating and hot, tender squid alongside a spicy dipping sauce makes this a guaranteed crowd pleaser.


For the squid:

  • 85g cornflour
  • 85g plain flour
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp ground Szechuan peppercorns
  • 400g squid, cleaned and cut into strips
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1/2 a cucumber, diced
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 100ml rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce


  1. Begin by making the dipping sauce, by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl and stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Set to one side.
  2. In another bowl, combing the cornflour and plain flour with both peppers and a good pinch of sea salt. Leave to one side, and line a baking tray with kitchen paper.
  3. In a deep wok, heat about 7cm of the oil until it is ready to fry in – you can test this by dipping the end of a wooden spoon in; if it bubbles then you’re good to go. Coat the squid with the flour mixture, and fry in batches for about 2 minutes until crisp.
  4. Lift the squid out of the wok and set down on the kitchen paper to drain. Sprinkle with a little more salt, and serve with the dipping sauce.

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