Salt and Pepper Squid


  • 2 squid tubes cleaned
  • 3 tablespoons corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying



  • Lay the squid tubes flat on your chopping board and place a long knife inside the tube.
  • Pull the knife either to the right or left and cut the tube open on one side.
  • Unfold the tube flat, leaving what was the inside pointing up.
  • Remove any excess membrane left inside with a sharp knife.
  • Rinse it under cold water and pat dry with some paper towel.
  • Again lay the squid inside up on your board.
  • With a very sharp knife cut the squid in half along what was the opposite edge.
  • Now we’ll do the criss cross cutting.
  • On each of these 2 halves make an incision across the centre from corner to corner, (cut as deep as you can without cutting right through).
  • Now make incisions parallel to that incision about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) apart.
  • Then repeat this procedure along the other angle from the other corner to corner.
  • Then cut each tube half into 3 pieces.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Toss the squid 1 at a time in the flour mix and set aside.
  • Place a heavy based non stick pan on high heat and add oil to just under ½ cm (1/4 inch).
  • Once the oil is hot, fry the squid pieces about 30 seconds per side, the squid should curl up nicely.