Neils Chilli-Salt Squid

For a tasty seafood starter try Kylie Kwong's simple but stylish recipe for chilli-spiced squid
By Kylie Kwong
Neils Chilli-Salt Squid
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  • Serves: 4 as a starter
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 600 g squid
  • 30 g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 2 large red chillies, cut in half lengthways and deseeded
  • 2 tbsp spring onions, cut into short, fine strips
  • 10 g sprigs coriander
  • 2 lemons, halved


1. Clean the squid by gently pulling head and tentacles away from the body. Pull out the clear backbone (quill) from inside the body and discard entrails. Cut tentacles from the head just below the eyes; discard head. Remove side wings and fine membrane from body. Rinse body, tentacles and wings thoroughly and pat dry with kitchen paper.

2. Cut the squid down the centre so that it will open out flat, and slice body and wings into 5mm wide strips.

3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, chilli powder and salt.

4. Add the squid, including tentacles, and toss to coat, shaking off any excess flour.

5. Heat the oil in a hot wok until the surface seems to shimmer slightly.

6. Add half the squid and deep-fry for about 1 minute, or until just tender and beginning to colour.

7. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well on kitchen paper.

8. Repeat the frying process with remaining squid.

9. Add chillies to the same hot oil and fry for about 30 seconds, or until they are a deep bright-red colour; remove with a slotted spoon and drain well.

10. Arrange the squid on a platter and garnish with fried chillies, spring onions and coriander. Serve immediately, with lemon halves.

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