Recipe Salt and chilli pepper squid

Discussion in 'Fish and Seafood' started by Herbie, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Herbie

    Herbie Senior Member

    We love squid. I must post my recipe for Portuguese squid stew, which is slow cooked until tender. This recipe is quick-cooked so it is also tender.


    5 squid. Prepared and tube cut into rings and tentacle part cut in two is large.
    2 bowls of potato or corn flour/starch (the photo is corn starch but I think potato is better). About a cup in each but you may need more depending how much gets stuck to your fingers..
    2 teaspoons schezuan pepper
    5 spring onions cut into 1xm pieces at a slant
    1 red chilli cut into thin slices
    2 garlic cloves thinly slices
    Maldon sea-salt to taste.
    2 egg whites lightly whisked
    A wok (or deep wide pan) about 3rm of sunflower oil

    Lightly toast and then blitz the peppercorns and add to one of the cornflower bowls.
    Heat the oil
    Dip one piece of squid in plain starch/flour then egg, then flour with the pepper, then egg again and the flour with pepper again.
    When oil is starting to smoke add the one piece of squid and check it cooks in 2 mins. Adjust heat.
    Cook in small batches removing from the oil with a chinese strainer (this is a brilliant tool - or use a slotted spoon).
    Drain on kitchen paper.
    Cook the tentacles separately from the rings as they take different time depending on size.
    Once all cooked and draining add half the add chilli, garlic and onions to the oil and half the squid. Cook for 45 seconds. Take out and drain and add other half. Drain.
    Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

    Enjoy :)
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Lovely! Its so easy to overcook squid in a quick cook recipe - but using a batter helps to ensure that it stays tender., I think.
    ElizabethB likes this.
  3. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    SE Florida
    How big or what kind of red chili do you use?
    ElizabethB likes this.
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Looks like a birds-eye chilli to me. The little thin hot ones!
    ElizabethB likes this.
  5. Herbie

    Herbie Senior Member

    Yes, they were birds eye.
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