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Mar 10, 2007 04:39 PM

Anyone have recipe for Salt & Pepper Squid & Shrimp?

My local chinese take out has a recipe for salt & pepper squis, shrimp and scallops. They are lightly breaded, fried, and topped with sliced fresh jalapenos. I'd love to make at home, but can't get the batter correct. It's VERY light (you can see the shrimp thru it). I've looked on line but don't really see anything.

Anobody out there know what I am talking about and have a recipe?

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  1. I don't know that much about this particular preparation, but I think that this is usually just lightly coated with seasoned rice flour prior to frying. At most a very thin tempura batter, but usually just a light dusting of the seasoned flour.

    1. I dust my shrimp(skin on) with just cornstarch and then fry on a high temperature for about a minute, take out and let drain. At the same time I have my wok on high and throw 1/2 ts of salt and 1/2 ts of cracked szechuan peppercorns when it starts to smoke, quickly throw in the shrimp and then about 1 Tb of diced onion and diced green pepper. Quickly mix for about a minute and make sure your vent is on as the fumes from the peppercorns will get you. Just before you take out quickly throw in about 1 ts of chili oil and mix for a few more seconds.

      1. I'm sure you could adjust the following recipe to include the squid, scallops & jalapenos.


        1 pound large shrimp
        2 tablespoons cornstarch
        1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
        3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, white pepper or Szechuan peppercorn, or to taste
        3 tablespoons vegetable oil, for stir-frying
        1 garlic clove, minced
        1 red chilli pepper, deseeded and chopped, optional
        1/4 cup chopped green onion

        Soak the shrimp in warm, lightly salted water for 5 minutes. Rinse in cold water, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Lightly coat the shrimp with the cornstarch.
        In a small bowl, mix the salt with the freshly ground pepper and set aside.
        Heat 2 tablespoons in a preheated wok on medium high to high heat.
        When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and stirfry until they turn pink. Remove from the wok. Clean out the wok.
        Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the wok. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic, chili pepper and the salt and pepper mixture. Stir-fry until fragrant (10 - 15 seconds) and then add the shrimp back into the wok. Stir-fry to coat the shrimp in the salt and pepper mixture. Stir in the green onion or serve as a garnish with the shrimp.

        2 Replies
        1. re: mtrosellis

          Thanks for this recipe. I am going to give this a try over the weekend.

          1. re: mtrosellis

            I am most definitely trying this recipe! I have had Salt & Pepper Shrimp in restaurants, I am sure homemade is 100 times better!