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Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid

This is a classic dish served in many Chinese's restaurants. It is a great appetizer to any meal. The squid is crispy, sumptuous , and delicious in every bite with the "Magic Salt."

Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid


300 to 350 grams Small Squids, cleaned and cut into halved
2 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
A Big Pinch of Sea Salt
2 to 3 tsp Peanut Oil
1/2 Cup Corn Starch or Potato Starch

Magic Salt
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
1/2 tsp Chicken Powder
1 tsp 5-Spice Powder
1/2 tsp White Pepper
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Onion Powder

2 to 3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1/2 Green + 1/2 Red Chilies, chopped (or any color)
3 Scallions, chopped
A couple of Pinches of “Magic Salt”


Make the “Magic Salt”: Combine all the ingredients in a jar or container. Close with a lid and shake well.

Combine the squids with flour, baking powder, sea salt and peanut oil. Mix until well combine. Then coat it with corn starch and shake-off excess starch.

Heat the oil over medium to high heat. Deep-fry all the squids until crispy and golden in color. Remove and drain well on a wire strainer or paper towel. Set aside.

Lightly oiled a pan or wok over high heat. Toss in the garlic, chilies, scallions. Stir-fry until fragrant. Toss in the squids. Mix well and sprinkle some “Magic salt”, toss well and serve immediately.


  1. Your crispy salt and pepper squid looks absolutely delicious! Your 'magic salt' really does wonder to dishes. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe Angie.


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