Cayenne-Spiced Fried Squid

Total Time:
12 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
2 min

Yield:
Four appetizer servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 pound squid, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) cayenne pepper
  • Oil for deep-frying: 4 inches of neutral-flavored oil in large heavy pot
  • Lime wedges for garnish
Directions
  • In a medium bowl, combine squid pieces and egg white, mixing gently but thoroughly. Sift together flour and cayenne. Drain squid.

  • Heat oil to 360 degrees.

  • Working in batches, drop a handful of squid into seasoned flour and toss to coat evenly. Lift out of flour, shake to remove excess, and drop carefully into hot oil. Cook briefly until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove squid from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining squid until all are cooked. Sprinkle with salt and serve with lime wedges


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