Quick & crunchy squid recipe

Quick & crunchy squid recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
This recipe is perfect for sharing with friends over pre-dinner drinks. Dunk the crispy pieces of squid in the garlic mayonnaise and enjoy the different textures and flavours.

In her recipe Nigella uses frozen squid which can be convenient to keep for improvised dinners.

  • 250 ml groundnut oil (or as needed depending on size of pan)
  • 500 grams frozen or fresh squid (tubes and tentacles)
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 4 tablespoons semolina
  • 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning (or use 1 teaspoon salt & 1 teaspoon paprika)
  • For the garlic mayonnaise:
  • ½ clove garlic
  • 100 grams best quality mayonnaise (you can also make your own)
  1. Heat the oil in a smallish saucepan and, while it’s left to warm up, cut the thawed squid into 1cm/half inch rings.
  2. Put the cornflour, semolina and seasoning into a plastic freezer bag.
  3. Add the squid rings and tentacles and then toss to coat.
  4. When the oil is hot enough, which is when it sizzles up fiercely when you drop in a small cube of bread, fry the squid in batches to get the most golden crunchiness. A couple of minutes per batch is all you should need.
  5. Grate or crush the garlic into the mayonnaise, stir to mix, and then serve alongside the fried squid.

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