Salt and pepper squid

Giving salt and pepper squid a fun twist with a tasty noodle salad, this colourful and punchy dish is packed full of delicious Asian flavours and is the perfect meal to welcome spring.

Prep

  1. Chop off the squid tentacles just below the eyes. Pull out the squid’s innards and discard them. Remove the beak from the tentacles, it will be a cylinder shape. Remove the long feeler tentacle and cut the remaining tentacles in half. Set the tentacles aside in a prep bowl.
  2. Peel off the purple membrane of the squid’s body by pushing your index finger underneath the squid wing. The membrane should peel off easily. Place the wings with the tentacles.
  3. Remove the quill, a transparent backbone within the squid.
  4. Cut the squids in half and thoroughly scrape out remaining guts. Wash the squids and dry them with kitchen paper.
  5. Scour the squid body and wings diagonally in both directions, in a criss-cross pattern on one side only. Cut into bite size pieces, approximately 2cm (1 inch) in width and 3-4cm (2 inches) in length. Set the squid pieces aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. For the nuoc cham dressing, mix the water with the sugar, lime juice and fish sauce. Add the crushed garlic, finely chopped chilli and grated ginger and stir together. Taste the dressing, it should be a nice balance of salty, sweet, hot and sour. Adjust the seasoning with additional sugar, fish sauce and lime if necessary.
  7. Roughly chop the coriander, basil and mint leaves to garnish your salad.
  8. Finely chop garlic, chilli and spring onions for your salt and pepper squid, set aside.
  9. To prepare the squid for cooking, dry the squid again with kitchen paper. Season the squid with salt and pepper, and then place the squid pieces into a large bowl of the seasoned cornflour. Massage the cornflour into the squid until it is covered well.

Cook

  1. Heat enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of a wok or pan generously. The oil should be hot enough that the squid sizzles when it touches the oil. Fry the squid in batches, you do not want to overcrowd the pan. The squid should cook in 1 to 1.5 minutes total, so ensure you turn the squid piece over halfway. When the squid is done, place it onto kitchen paper to drain the oil. Repeat until all the squid has been pan fried.
  2. Meanwhile, place a pot of water on the hob and cook the noodles to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can serve the noodles hot or cold. If you wish for them to be cold, run the noodles under cold running water for 30 seconds after they are cooked.
  3. Wipe out your pan or wok and heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a high heat. Add the chillies and garlic for 1 min. Return the squid to the pan and mix together with the chillies and garlic for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove the squid from the heat.
  4. Season the squid with salt and pepper again – ensuring you taste as you season.

Plate

  1. To serve, stir the dressing through the noodles and place onto a plate. Pile the squid onto the centre of the noodle heap and garnish with spring onions, the chopped herb leaves and fried onions. Serve immediately.

Useful Cooking Information

Weight

Metric Imperial
10 g½ oz
20 g¾ oz
25 g1 oz
50 g2 oz
75 g3 oz
110 g4 oz
150 g5 oz
175 g6 oz
200 g7 oz
225 g8 oz
250 g9 oz
275 g10 oz
350 g12 oz
450 g1 lb
500 g (½ kg)18 oz
700 g1½ lb
900 g2 lb
1 kg2¼ lb
1.3 kg3 lb
1.8 kg4 lb
2.2 kg5 lb

Volume

Metric Imperial
50 ml2 fl oz
75 ml3 fl oz
100 ml3½ fl oz
125 ml4 fl oz
150 ml5 fl oz¼ pint
200 ml7 fl oz
250 ml9 fl oz
300 ml10 fl oz½ pint
425 ml15 fl oz¾ pint
600 ml20 fl oz1 pint
800 ml1½ pint
1 l1¾ pints
1.2 l2 pints
1.5 l2½ pints
1.8 l3 pints
2 l3½ pints

Measurements

Metric Imperial
5 mm¼ inch
1 cm½ inch
2 cm¾ inch
2.5 cm1 inch
3 cm1¼ inches
4 cm1½ inches
5 cm2 inches
10 cm3 inches
15 cm4 inches
20.5 cm6 inches
23 cm9 inches
25 cm10 inches
30 cm12 inches

Spoon measures - mean level measures unless the recipe says 'heaped'

Eggs - are always large for baking, unless recipe says otherwise


Oven Temperatures

Gas °F °C
Mark 1275140
2300150
3325170
4350180
5375190
6400200
7425220
8450230
9475240

Fan assisted ovens - remember to reduce temperatures by 20°C

Most Useful US/European Conversions

ButterUS 1 cup / 2 sticks8 oz220 g
SugarUS 1 cup6 oz175 g
FlourUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
LiquidUS 1 cup8 fl oz225 ml
Prepped OnionsUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Cheese, GratedUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Diced FruitUS 1 cup5 oz150 g
Fresh BreadcrumbsUS 1 cup2 oz55 g

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