Try this recipe for crispy calamari, then check out our squid stew, slow-cooked squid, salt and pepper squid, and more squid recipes.


  • 50ml milk
  • 50g plain flour
  • 50g cornflour
  • for deep-frying vegetable oil
  • 400g squid, cleaned and sliced into 1cm rings
  • sea salt flakes
  • 2 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced at an angle
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced at an angle
  • a handful peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 a small bunch coriander, finely chopped
  • 2 limes, wedged


  • STEP 1

    Put the milk into a shallow bowl and the flours together into another with lots of seasoning. Fill a pan no more than 1/3 full with vegetable oil and heat to 180C or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds.

  • STEP 2

    In batches, tip the squid into the milk, shaking off excess liquid before tipping into the seasoned flour and tossing well until fully coated. Again in batches, carefully lower the squid into the oil and cook for 1-2 minutes or until really crisp and pale golden. Drain onto kitchen paper and season with sea salt flakes.

  • STEP 3

    Put the squid into a bowl and stir through the chillies, spring onions, peanuts and coriander, and serve with lime wedges for squeezing over.


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