Wagamamma chilli squid

A replica of one of my favourite dishes! I can be a bit tricky to get hold of squid but once you have it- this will not disappoint.

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 4 pieces of squid- body only ( I got this from the fish counter at the supermarket)
  • Cornflour
  • Oil, for deep frying
  • Shichimi powder ( a japanese chilli seaweed powder, found in Watrose or amazon)

For the spicy vinegar:

  • 2 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar mixed with 1 tsp boiling water
  • Small bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • Salt


  1. Start by making the vinegar. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. To prepare the squid, wash it in cold water and dry thoroughly with kitchen paper.
  3. Open up the squid by cutting down the side. Take out any debris inside.
  4. Score it both sides (score twice diagonally in different directions).
  5. Then cut straight into long strips.
  6. Coat really well in the cornflour.
  7. Then heat the oil until very hot. You can test this by throwing in a bit of the cornflour, it should sizzle.
  8. Deep fry the squid for about 2 minutes until crispy.
  9. Take out onto a dish lined with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
  10. Top with the shichimi powder and salt.
  11. Serve with the spicy vinegar!!


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