chilli squid recipe

chilli squid recipe

prep time: 10mins
cook time: 10mins

crispy + covered in schichmi, this spicy side is best enjoyed dunked in tangy vinegar sauce. yes, it's the legendary chilli squid


chilli squid squid, body only, about 200g 50g cornflour 150ml vegetable oil 1 tsp shichimi powder generous pinch of salt, plus extra to taste

spicy vinegar 50g caster sugar 2 tbsp water 5 tbsp malt vinegar 5 tbsp light soy sauce pinch of sea salt 1 red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped 3 coriander sprigs, finely chopped


  1. first prepare the squid. rinse it under cold water + drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper. ensure it is thoroughly dry before frying for good, crispy results

  2. transfer the squid to a chopping board + slice it open down the middle so you are left with a rectangular shape. remove any thin or excess skin to ensure the surface is smooth + soft

  3. using a sharp knife, lightly score the inside of the squid in a small grid or diamond pattern, then slice into 2cm-wide pieces

  4. place the cornflour in a shallow bowl + dip the squid pieces in the cornflour, ensuring they are all thoroughly coated

  5. heat the oil in a deep-frying pan or wok. once the oil is hot, add the squid pieces + fry for approximately 2 minutes until pale golden. do not fry for too long as they will become tough + chewy, work in batches if necessary

  6. using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain off any excess oil. mix the shichimi + salt together in a bowl

  7. add the fried squid + toss to coat. serve immediately with spicy vinegar on the side for dipping

chilli squid faqs

what is the best way to cook squid?

slice the squid finely and fry for 2 minutes, turning halfway, until it's golden + crisp. try adding some chilli, salt & pepper for a little oomph

is calamari the same as salt and pepper squid?

calamari (イカ) is the culinary name given to squid dishes. it's a popular dish in italy, spain, turkey, china and japan. there are many ways to prepare calamari, though calamari fried with a little chilli, salt and pepper is our favourite