Deep-Fried Squid With Salt and Pepper Mix

Deep-Fried Squid With Salt and Pepper Mix

Discover how to make this deep-fried tempura squid recipe, dipped into a spicy salt and pepper mix, that makes a delicious appetizer.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a heavy skillet on medium to medium-low heat, brown the 2 tablespoons of salt and 3 to 4 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns, shaking the pan occasionally, until the peppercorns are fragrant and the salt turns a light brown color.
  3. Step 3

    Remove from the heat. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Step 4

    Use a mortar and pestle to grind the cooled mixture or grind in a blender. Set aside.
  5. Step 5

    In a small bowl, stir the egg into the 3/4 cup of ice water.
  6. Step 6

    Stir in 1 cup of flour to form a thick, lumpy batter, being careful not to overmix (the batter should resemble a pancake batter).
  7. Step 7

    Heat the oil to 360 F in a heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat.
  8. Step 8

    Dip the squid tubes and tentacles into the tempura batter, using your fingers to coat the squid pieces.
  9. Step 9

    Add the squid and deep-fry until golden brown and crispy. Drain.
  10. Step 10

    Serve garnished with the coriander leaves, and with the salt and pepper mix for dipping.