Salt and Pepper Squid Recipe

Salt and Pepper Squid Recipe
Salt and Pepper Squid Recipe Chris Radley
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Marinade T: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
700 Calories
45g Fat
39g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 700
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 326mg 109%
Sodium 1868mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 10mg 52%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 727mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This salt and pepper squid is one of my favourite Chinese Taiwanese snacks and appetizers. On a hot summer’s day I especially enjoy paring this with a nice iced cold beer.


Preparing this dish is very simple. You only need a few ingredients then you can make this dish but please be very careful when you fry the squid as the oil can explode (water on oil effect) and potentially burn you. I personally pad the squid dry after cleaning and washing it because I coat it with corn flour and normal flour.


I personally like to cross-cut the squid because it makes the squid look prettier but if you think cross-cutting is too much hassle then you can either cut it into rings or pieces. Either method is fine.

How to clean and prepare squid video

How to cross-cut squid:

  1. Place the squid tube flat on a cutting board, with the inside facing up.
  2. Score the squid tube with a criss-cross pattern. Cut into rectangular pieces.


Squid health benefits:

  1. Squid contains high levels of copper that can fulfill 90% of the body’s requirements.
  2. Eating squid can relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
  3. Squid is high in proteins
  4. Squid is high in Vitamin B2, which also can prevent migraines.
  5. Eating squid can help to stabilize sugar levels in your blood because it contains high levels of vitamin B3.
  6. Squid is a good source of Zinc which can help strengthen the immune system.
  7. Squid is a very good source of vitamin B12, which can lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks.


Even though squid has many health benefits please remember to eat a healthy and balanced diet. If you have any medical issues please consult a medical professional.


For the Squid: 

  • 13 1/8 ounces (370 grams) fresh squid tubes or whole squid

  • 3 ounces (85 grams) corn flour

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • Oil, for frying

  • 1 medium spring onion, sliced

  • 1 chili pepper, sliced

  • Basil leaves, for garnish

For the squid marinade:

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon rice wine

For the seasonings:

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

For the Simple Wasabi Mayo Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 teaspoon wasabi

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

Steps to Make It

Procedures for Salt and Pepper Squid:

  1. Clean and wash the squid under running cold water. Pad dry with a kitchen towel.

  2. Cross-cut the squid and cut into 3-4 cm (on each side) squares.

  3. Mix corn flour, all-purpose flour, and all the seasonings.

  4. Marinate the squid with all the ingredients for marinade for 30 minutes.

  5. Heat up oil in a wok or a deep saucepan to around 180C.

  6. Coat the squid with flour and corn flour mixture.

  7. Gently slide the squid into the hot oil. Please keep your distance and be very careful just in case the hot oil splashes on you.

  8. Deep fry the squid for 30 seconds. You will see the squid curl up and turn a beautiful golden color.

  9. Put a couple sheets of kitchen towel on a plate and take the squid out of the hot oil and place onto the kitchen towel to get rid of the oil.

  10. Mix the squid with spring onions and chilli. Place on a serving plate and garnish with some basil leaves. Ready to serve. 


Procedures for Wasabi Mayo: 

  1. Mix wasabi with lemon juice first until there are no lumps of wasabi left.

  2. Mix step 1 with mayonnaise until it’s perfectly combined together.