Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Hot & Spicy Oatmeal Squid

Since I have posted a squid recipe a few days ago (Stir Fried Salt & Pepper Squid ), thus, I am posting another squid recipe today which I am calling Hot & Spicy Oatmeal Squid. It's one of those experimental squid recipes I often cook because my husband likes it and I do too. It was   based on my Salted Cracker Prawn and Stir Fried Salt & Pepper Squid recipes.  

You might find it bizarre that I added oatmeal to a savory dish, squid at that.  Let me explain myself this way.  When we were still living in Singapore, we came across and tasted dishes that other nationalities might find eccentric, like the cereal butter prawn or the cereal prawn where oats or breakfast cereals are added to deep-fried prawns.  Cereals including oats are most often used in sweet goodies like cookies, cakes, breads, and other sweet delicacies.  But oats with shrimps or squids?  Absurd, right?  WRONG.  

I, for one,  have developed an almost similar prawn recipe where I used crashed saltine crackers since oatmeal nor any cereals weren't available when I cooked my Salted Cracker Prawn, AND it turned out wonderful. The crackers, or oats or any cereals you can grab from your cupboard add not only flavor but texture to the dish.  Not only that, for the oats, it absorbed the extra oils from the dish. Come to think of it though, the oatmeal may have absorbed those excess oil but that doesn't mean that this dish is healthier compared to any deep fried dishes specially, of course, if you ingest those tasty oatmeal bits :-)  

Oh, whatever.  Unless you're in a low-sodium and reduced-oil/fat diet, I suggest you go hoard some squid rings and oats and whip up this recipe for dinner today. I used oatmeal for this recipe but if you have rolled oats, you can also use that.



Squid – 25 ++ pcs
Garlic, minced – 10 large cloves
Onions,  diced - 1 large
Red, hot Chilli pepper, chopped – 2 pcs (as desired)
Oatmeal – 1 c.
Bell pepper, diced - 1 small piece
Iodized Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
Ground black pepper - 1 tsp
White Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Sweet Red Paprika - 1/4 tsp

Green onion leaves for garnishing

Coating for the Squid :

Egg, beaten – 1 medium
Corn starch – 5 tbps
Salt - a dash or two
Black Pepper Powder - 1/8 tsp
White Pepper Powder - 1/8 tsp
Vegetable oil for deep frying

You can use potato starch or any kind of starch in place of the cornstarch

Cooking Procedure:

1.  Clean and pat dry squid rings.   
2.  Mix the cornstarch, a dash of salt, black pepper powder and white pepper powder.
3.  Pour the beaten egg on the squid rings then mix.  
4.  Dredge the squid rings with the coating mixture and coat the squid rings well.
5.  Heat the oil in a frying pan.  Fry the coated squid rings under medium fire until each sides of the squids almost turned brown (around a minute for each side).  Do not overcook the squid.  Scoop out the squid and place it on paper towels to remove excess oil
6.  In the same frying pan,  on medium fire, heat a tablespoon of oil from the oil used to fry the squid.  Sauté the garlic and chilli peppers in it until the garlic turns almost brown. 

7. Reduce fire to low then add in the onions then the oatmeal.  Season with salt and ground black pepper.  Stir fry until the oatmeal becomes crunchy. .
8. Stir in the bell pepper and cook until it softened.  

9.  Toss in the fried squid with the oatmeal and bell pepper mixture.  Give a quick stir then remove from fire.

Garnish with green onion leaves before serving.


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