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This salt and pepper squid is everything we want tonight


by Meg Walker
03rd May 2021

RPS1815 Pepper Cookbook

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This recipe, using spicy, citrusy Sansho pepper, is my spin on the ever-popular salt and pepper prawns. Dip the squid into the spiced mayo and enjoy.

This recipe, using spicy, citrusy Sansho pepper, is my spin on the ever-popular salt and pepper prawns served in Chinese restaurants around the world. Dip the freshly fried squid into the spiced mayo and enjoy.

Salt and Pepper Squid with Sansho Spicy Dip
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp ground Sansho pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 65g rice flour
  • 450g squid, cleaned and sliced
  • freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon
  • vegetable oil, for frying


For the Sansho Spicy Dip

  • 115g good-quality mayonnaise
  • 5g Vietnamese or regular basil leaves
  • ½ tsp Sansho pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • grated zest of 1 lemon


Method

To make the dip, whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined. Set aside.

In a large shallow bowl mix together the Sansho pepper, salt and rice flour. Put the squid in another bowl and pour over the lemon juice.

Pour enough oil to come halfway up a large saucepan, then place over a medium-high heat until the oil starts to simmer.

Take a few pieces of squid at a time and toss in the flour mixture to coat. Working in batches, deep-fry for 2-3 minutes until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack to drain.

Pile the cooked squid in a shallow bowl and serve with the dip.

 

Extracted from Salt & Pepper by Valerie Aikman-Smith (Ryland Peters & Small, approx €11.50). Photography © Ryland Peters & Small.