Chef John

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Chef John’s Cooking Class | Lemon Fried Fresh Squid

Make this lemon fried squid add some more vibrant colors and new flavors to your everyday menu. With a rich lemony taste, the kick of the spices, and the inherent sweetness of squid, you can make this dish a new family-favorite.

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CUISINES: Chinese
LEVEL: EASY
TIME: 25 min
SERVING: 1 People
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 Large Squid
  • 【Marinade】
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp White Pepper
  • ½ ½ Lemon Juice
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 tbsp Custard Powder
  • 2 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 【Lemon Sauce】
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 Large Lemon
  • 1 tsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Custard Powder
  • tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
LET'S START
Step 1
Step 1
Step 1
First, cut the squid into gear shapes. (For details, please see the video.)
Step 2 【Marinade】
Step 2 【Marinade】
Step 2 【Marinade】
After cutting, put the squid in a bowl. Add all the 【Marinade】ingredents and combined them well. Put it on the side for later use.
Step 3 【Lemon Sauce】
Step 3 【Lemon Sauce】
Step 3 【Lemon Sauce】
Use the hob method to cut the lemon peel. Remove the white layer of the inner surface of the lemon, put the lemon shreds in a bowl, and squeeze the lemon juice in the bowl. Add water, white vinegar, custard powder, honey, sugar, and salt. Mix it well.
Step 4
Step 4
Step 4
Prepare a pot of oil, adjust the oil temperature to about 150°C / 300°F, put the squid in the oil pan to fry, fry until golden brown and pick it up, wait until the oil temperature reaches 180°C / 350°F and refry twice or three times. This method of frying makes the outside of the squid more crispy.
Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
Pick up the squid and place it on paper towels to absorb the oil.
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Stir the lemon juice you just made and put it in the pot to cook. Use medium to small heat, and adjust the sweet and sour flavors according to personal preference.
Step 7
Step 7
Step 7
Finish when the ingredients are boiling. Dip them in the sauce when eating.
Features:
Features:
Features:
Bright yellow, spicy color, rich lemon flavor, sweet and delicious vinegar. Features: The paste powder should have an appropriate thickness, and the oil temperature should not be too high. Refry can make the appearance more brittle. You can also use lemon juice concentrate, but fresh lemons are more fragrant.