Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Cayenne-Spiced Fried Squid

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 12 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 2 min
  • Yield: Four appetizer servings
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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


  1. In a medium bowl, combine squid pieces and egg white, mixing gently but thoroughly. Sift together flour and cayenne. Drain squid. 
  2. Heat oil to 360 degrees. 
  3. 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