Lebanese Spiced Squid
A mouthwatering squid recipe, delicately spiced with a medley of coriander, cayenne pepper, cumin and allspice. Simply serve with a sprinkle of sea salt.
Here I’ve created a Lebanese twist on the classic fried calamari dish – deep-fried squid coated in a light batter. For simplicity’s sake I’ve opted to shallow- rather than deep-fry the squid but the result is just as good. Make sure you use cornflour rather than plain flour – it keeps the coating really light and crispy.
|1 tbsp||ground coriander|
|1½ tsp||cayenne pepper|
|2 tsp||ground cumin|
|1 tsp||ground allspice|
|½ tsp||freshly ground black pepper|
|Vegetable oil, for frying|
Measure the cornflour and spices into a sealable container, then add the salt and pepper. Cut the squid into rough rectangles, each about 3 x 5cm. Score one side in a criss-cross pattern. Drop the squid into the container, put the lid on then give it a good shake. If you don’t have a container, use a large bowl and put a plate on top.
Pour enough oil into a pan until it’s a couple of centimetres deep. Heat the oil over a medium heat until it’s hot. You can check it’s ready by dropping a pinch of flour into it – it should sizzle madly. Cover a baking tray with a couple of sheets of kitchen paper.
Lower the squid carefully into the hot oil, cooking three or four pieces at a time. Depending on how thick each piece is, they’ll take no more than 30-40 seconds in total. Flip them over once they’re golden on one side and cook until they have an even colour all over. Lift out with a slotted spoon and sprinkle with salt to serve.
For a delicious sauce finely chop 1 large tomato, 1 seeded green chilli, half a red onion and a handful of fresh coriander leaves, Add the juice of a lemon, 4 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses and salt to taste.