Savory Salt and Pepper Squid – A Delicious Seafood Delight

Salt and Pepper Squid

Salt and Pepper Squid, also known as Mực Rang Muối, is a delectable seafood dish that originates from Asian cuisines. The tender and succulent squid, coated in a crispy salt and pepper crust, delivers a burst of flavors with each bite. This quick and easy recipe allows you to recreate this restaurant favorite right in your kitchen. Whether served as an appetizer, snack, or main course, Salt and Pepper Squid is sure to impress your family and guests alike.


  • 500g fresh squid tubes, cleaned and scored
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes (optional, for a spicy kick)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Prepare the Squid:
  • Rinse the squid tubes under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Score the squid tubes in a crisscross pattern using a sharp knife. This helps the squid cook evenly and adds a lovely texture to the dish.
  1. Make the Salt and Pepper Coating:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, ground black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili flakes (if using).
  • Mix the dry ingredients until well combined.
  1. Coat the Squid:
  • Toss the scored squid tubes in the salt and pepper coating mixture until they are evenly coated.
  1. Fry the Squid:
  • In a deep frying pan or wok, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  • Carefully add the coated squid tubes to the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry the squid for 2-3 minutes or until the coating turns golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the squid from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  1. Serve:
  • Transfer the Salt and Pepper Squid to a serving plate.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for added freshness.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the squid.

Enjoy your delicious homemade Salt and Pepper Squid, and savor the delightful combination of crispy texture and savory flavor. This Asian-inspired dish is perfect for sharing and will surely become a favorite in your culinary repertoire. Bon appétit!