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Salt and Pepper Squid With Aioli

Salt and pepper squid is such a delight to make yourself at home – and surprisingly easier than you think. I like to use Sichuan peppercorns in the mix to add a tingly, numbing and slightly spicy flavour to proceedings. And adding yuzu to aioli? You’ll never have it any other way.

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Salt and Pepper Squid With Aioli

PREP TIME
10 minutes
COOK TIME
15 minutes
SERVES
4
Ingredients

1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns

1 tbsp black peppercorns

1 tbsp sea salt

vegetable oil, for deep-frying and stir-frying

¼ cup plain (all-purpose) flour

¼ cup rice flour

2 large whole squid, cleaned and cut into pieces (see my video on how to clean and prepare squid here) or 400g (14 oz) pre-cleaned calamari tubes, sliced into rings

lime wedges, to serve

 

Aioli:

1 egg

½ garlic clove, finely grated

1 tbsp yuzu juice or lemon juice

½ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

Steps
  • Step 1

    For the aioli, place the ingredients into a jug and use an immersion blender to blend for 2–3 minutes or until thick and completely emulsified. Transfer to a serving bowl and set aside for later.

  • Step 2

    Use a mortar and pestle to grind the peppercorns and the salt to a fine powder. Transfer to a small bowl.

  • Step 3

    Fill a saucepan or wok to about one-third capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat over high heat. The oil is hot when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles (about 165°C/325°F).

  • Step 4

    Combine the plain flour and rice flour in a large bowl or tray. Toss the pieces of squid in the flour until evenly coated. When the oil is hot, fry the squid in batches for 2-3 minutes or until light golden in colour and cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper mix. Serve with the aioli and lime wedges.

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