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Squid Five-Spice
Crisp-Fried



Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of cleaned squid, bodies cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces, tentacles halved
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 or 2 serrano chiles, split lengthwise and sliced thinly crosswise
Cilantro sprigs, for garnish
Lime wedges, for serving

Cooking Directions:

Rinse squid well in cold water, then drain well and pat dry with kitchen towels.  Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a wok or cast-iron pan.  Adjust heat to maintain 375 degrees.  In a medium bowl, stir together cornstarch, cayenne, salt, black pepper, and five-spice powder.  Set bowl near stove.  Dip squid pieces into cornstarch mixture, one by one, and immediately slip carefully into hot oil.  Let fry, making sure not to crowd the pan.  (Use 2 pans or work in batches if necessary).  Turn pieces with tongs to ensure even cooking.  When squid is lightly browned, after about 2 minutes, remove pieces and blot on paper towels.  Transfer squid to a serving bowl and sprinkle with chiles.  Garnish with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.