Szechuan Style Sweet and Sour Salt and Pepper Squid

Image Szechuan Style Sweet and Sour Salt and Pepper Squid
9 items
12 servings
Crispy squid coated and fried in Szechuan spices, then draped with a classic sweet and sour sauce to create an eye-popping and flavoursome dish which can be enjoyed as a starter, share dish, or main.


  • 800 g Squid hoods, cleaned, halved and scored
  • ½ cup Rice Flour
  • 2 tbsp. MasterFoods™ Szechuan Spice
  • 1 tbsp. Szechuan Peppercorns, toasted and ground
  • 1 tbsp. Salt Flakes
  • Handful of fresh Mint Leaves
  • ½ cup MasterFoods™ Sweet and Sour Sauce, plus extra for dipping
  • 2 Bird’s Eye Chillies, thinly sliced on a bias
  • Oil, for frying

MasterFoods Professional Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Sauce 2.7kg

MasterFoods Szechuan Seasoning 745g

Cooking Instructions:

  1. 1.
    Heat a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pan with oil to 160°C. Mix the rice flour with the Szechuan spice, peppercorns, and salt.
  2. 2.
    Lightly coat the squid and shake off any excess flour, and fry for 2 to 5 minutes until golden all over. Carefully remove from the oil and leave to drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet.
  3. 3.
    Fry mint leaves off for 10 to 20 seconds and remove from oil, setting aside on paper towel.
  4. 4.
    Heat a medium wok and add sweet and sour sauce. Toss through the squid and cook for 30 seconds, until the sauce clings to the squid.
  5. 5.
    Remove from the wok and transfer to serving plate. Garnish with crispy mint leaves and extra sweet and sour sauce, and slices of chilli.


  1. 1
    Serve this dish as a main with steamed jasmine rice.
  2. 2
    For extra freshness, add some finely spring onions and coriander for garnish.
  3. 3
    Replace the squid with white fleshed fish or firm tofu.
  4. 4
    Serve with lime wedges for extra acidity.
  5. 5
    Serve with black vinegar and MasterFoods™ Soy Sauce, and a few drops of sesame oil for extra dipping options.

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