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Step 1: Prepare the Squid

  1. Clean the squid thoroughly under cold water.
  2. Cut the squid into rings, about 1cm thick.

Step 2: Mix the Coating

In a large bowl, combine the plain flour, cornstarch, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Step 3: Coat the Squid

Toss the squid rings in the flour mixture, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Shake off any excess flour.

Step 4: Heat the Oil

Heat the vegetable oil in a deep frying pan or wok over medium-high heat until it reaches 180°C

Step 5: Fry the Squid

Carefully add the coated squid rings to the hot oil in small batches. Fry for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Remove the squid with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Step 6: Serve

Serve the salt and pepper squid immediately with fresh lemon wedges and a sprinkle of chopped parsley.


  • 500g squid, cleaned and cut into rings
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Fresh lemon wedges for serving
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • For extra flavour, you can add a pinch of chilli flakes to the flour mixture.
  • Serve with a dipping sauce like aioli or sweet chilli sauce.