Dan and Steph's salt and pepper squid with Asian salad.
Dan and Steph's salt and pepper squid with Asian salad. GLEN DAVID WILSON

The surefire way to impress guests

SQUID or calamari is always a dish that I look for when dining out. I love to see how others prepare and cook it. We don't eat a lot of seafood at home, but every now and then we do like to turn to this magnificent recipe, especially now spring is here. This is definitely a dish to create if entertaining. Your friends will be very impressed.

Salt and pepper squid with Asian salad

Serves 4



600g squid, sliced into strips

160g - 320g rice flour

Enough vegetable oil to fry

4 lemon wedges.

Seasoning: 60g sea salt

½ tsp Sichuan pepper

1 star anise

1 cinnamon stick.


Wasabi mayonnaise: 3 egg yolks

2 tbs white wine vinegar

200ml grape seed oil

Salt and white pepper to taste

1-2 tsp wasabi paste.


Asian salad: Rocket leaves

Mint leaves

Coriander leaves

Bean sprouts

1-2 long red chillies, chopped into thin slices.


Dressing: 2 shallots, finely sliced

1 tbs rice vinegar

1 tsp sugar

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs mirin

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

Salt and pepper.


METHOD: In a hot frying pan, add seasoning ingredients for about 2 mins until just smoking and the flavours are fragrant. Place mix in a small food processor and blend. Set aside.

Next, pat dry your squid pieces and place in a freezer bag with rice flour. Toss to coat. Heat oil in a large saucepan until hot. Add squid and cook for 2 to 3 mins until golden and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain and then into a big bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper mix. Toss to coat.

Asian Salad - Add salad leaves and chilli to a large bowl. Make dressing by simply combining all ingredients.

To make mayonnaise from scratch, put egg yolks and vinegar in a jug, and while using an electric mixer whisk for 1 min. Then with the oil in another jug, slowly and in one stream add the oil. Continue whisking on high speed. The mayonnaise will become thick and glossy. Add salt, pepper and wasabi paste. You could add wasabi to store-bought mayonnaise too.

To assemble, place a handful of dressed Asian salad on a plate, followed by squid pieces. Have the wasabi mayo in a dish for dipping.