Salt and pepper squid

Tender Cornish squid deep fried with a crispy salt & pepper coating
Salt and pepper squid
  • 4 people
  • 30 mins
  • 20 mins
  • 10 mins


For the crispy squid, place the oil into a deep, heavy-based saucepan and heat until a small cube of bread sizzles and turns golden when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

While the oil's heating, place the cornflour, semolina and seasoning into a plastic freezer bag.

Add the squid rings and tentacles to the bag and shake gently to coat the squid completely.

When the oil is hot, fry the squid in batches until golden and crisp - two minutes per batch is all you should need. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.


  • Seafood Ingredients:
    1kg fresh squid (to yield 500g of cleaned squid (tubes and tentacles) cut in thin rings.
  • Other Ingredients:
  • 250m groundnut oil, or enough to one-third fill a deep heavy-based pan.
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp semolina
  • 1 tsp seasoning (a mixture of salt and ground black pepper and paprika).
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