Wet fried calamari

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time5 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
2L peanut oil
500g squid, tubes and tentacles
1 egg
240ml ice water
1 cup plain flour
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1) Place the peanut oil in a 4 to 5-litre Dutch oven and place over medium-high heat. Heat the oil until it reaches 190C.

2) Rinse the squid thoroughly and pat dry. Cut the tentacles in half lengthwise and the tubes into 1 1/4-cm rings. Set aside.

3) Place the egg, water and flour into a bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine. In small handfuls, dip the squid in the batter and shake off the excess. In batches, gently lower the squid into the hot oil. Cook for 1 minute. The squid will not be browned, but lightly golden in color. Remove the squid and transfer to a cooling rack turned upside down set over a newspaper-lined sheet pan. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Repeat until all of the squid is cooked. Make sure to check the temperature of the oil before each batch to ensure it is 190C.

Serve immediately.

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