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Crispy squid with garlic mayonnaise

I prefer to eat a massive amount of this, and nothing else, rather than have it more meanly as a starter. But it would happily stretch to four people, ready to dunk each crisp piece of squid into the garlic mayonnaise over pre-dinner drinks.


  • For the crispy squid

  • 250 ml groundnut oil or enough to one-third fill a deep heavy-based pan

  • 1 tablespoon Cornflour

  • 2 tablespoons Semolina

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning available from some specialist shops and online stores, or use a mixture of salt and ground paprika

  • 250 g frozen Squids tubes and tentacles, to give 200g/7oz when defrosted, cut into 1cm/½in rings

  • For the garlic mayonnaise

  • 0.5 Clove Garlic crushed, to taste

  • 4 tablespoons best quality mayonnaise


  • For the crispy squid :

  • 1.

    For the crispy squid, place the oil into a deep, heavy-based saucepan and heat until a small cube of bread sizzles and turns golden when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

  • 2.

    While the oil's heating, place the cornflour, semolina and seasoning into a plastic freezer bag.

  • 3.

    Add the squid rings and tentacles to the bag and shake gently to coat the squid completely.

  • 4.

    When the oil is hot enough, fry the squid in batches until golden and crisp - a couple of minutes per batch is all you should need. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

  • For the garlic mayonnaise:

  • 1.

    Meanwhile, for the garlic mayonnaise, stir the crushed garlic into the mayonnaise.

  • 2.

    To serve, place the crispy squid onto a serving plate with the mayonnaise in a small bowl alongside.


Recipe taken from Nigella's book, "Nigella Express"
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Posted by heppigirlReport
Worked perfectly, the squid was tender and crispy and delicious. I was really surprised at how yummy and easy this was. This was the first Nigella recipe I tried, and it made me an instant convert. Also great if you're having a grazing meal together with some salads and dips for those hot summer evenings.