I've put it in the party food section but quite often, this is a light dinner or lunch in our house. This is so simple to make, and so delicious. It is great party food as it is very quick to make from start to finish.
Just beware, every now and then they do splatter the oil about your kitchen while frying.
I do not remove the skin off of the squid (as many TV chefs do), for me that is where most of the flavour comes from, plus I love the colour it gives when cooked.
2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons salt
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoon white pepper
Sunflower oil, for frying
Firstly you need to clean the squid. Grab the body in one hand and the head and tentacles in the other. Pull firmly to separate. Cut away the head, but keep the tentacles. Pull the quill, the transparent cartilage, from inside the body of the squid, discard. Remove and discard any white membrane that is inside the body.
Cut the tentacles in half. Slice the squid into 1/2 - 1cm slices.
Mix together the flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. The flour must taste salty and peppery. Keep adding salt and pepper until you are happy with the taste.
Heat oil in a large frying pan, until hot. I like to deep fry them, makes it quicker to cook.
Working in batches, dust the squid in the flour mix, add to the hot oil. If deep frying cook for 3-4 minutes. If your squid are not fully submerged in the oil, turn halfway through cooking time.
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