Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong

Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong, a beloved zi char delight, entices with its addictive combination of crispy texture and bold flavors. This dish showcases tender squid rings coated in a seasoned batter, deep-fried to a satisfying crispness, and infused with the enticing taste of salt and pepper. The golden-brown rings are adorned with aromatic spices, enhancing the dish’s allure. Loved for its irresistible crunch and the captivating fusion of savory and peppery notes, Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong has solidified its place as a well-liked zi char favorite. It offers a memorable and indulgent dining experience that continues to captivate diners seeking a dish that masterfully blends the joy of crispy textures with the dynamic flavors of well-prepared squid, making it a timeless and highly sought-after choice.

Why Do People Love Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong

Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong is beloved for its irresistible combination of flavours and textures. The crispy coating provides a satisfying crunch that contrasts with the tender squid inside, while the salt and pepper seasoning enhances the natural flavours and adds a hint of spiciness. Its simplicity and delightful contrast make it a favourite for many who enjoy crispy and savoury bites.

The versatility of Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong adds to its popularity. It can be enjoyed as an appetiser, paired with a main course, or even eaten as a snack. 

What You Need For Your Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong:

 Making Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out.


  • 500 grams of fresh squid (cleaned and cut into rings)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sea salt, and ground black pepper. Mix well to ensure even distribution of the seasonings.

Step 2

Pat dry the squid rings using a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Dip each ring into the flour mixture, ensuring it is fully coated. Shake off any excess flour.

Step 3

In a deep frying pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Carefully add the coated squid rings to the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry them in batches for about 2-3 minutes, or until they turn golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried squid and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Step 4

Repeat the frying process with the remaining squid rings until they are all cooked to crispy perfection.

Step 5

Once the squid rings have drained and cooled slightly, serve them immediately, while they are still hot and crispy. You can garnish them with a sprinkle of sea salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for an extra burst of flavour. 

Serving Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong with Other Dishes 

Consider serving Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong alongside a bowl of steamed jasmine rice and a side of stir-fried vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal. If you’re in the mood for an Asian-inspired feast, accompany the dish with some aromatic garlic fried rice and a refreshing papaya salad.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Source of Protein: Squid rings provide a source of protein essential for muscle growth and overall body functions. 
  2. Texture and Flavor Fusion: The crispy batter and tender squid rings create a delightful fusion of textures and flavors. 
  3. Balanced Meal Component: When consumed in moderation alongside nutrient-rich vegetables and whole grains, Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong can contribute to a balanced meal. 
  4. Vitamins and Minerals: Squid offers minerals like zinc, selenium, and copper, along with B vitamins (B12) important for health. 
  5. Occasional Indulgence: While not an everyday dish due to its frying process, it can be enjoyed as an occasional treat. 
  6. Savory Spice Blend: The dish’s seasoned batter and salt-and-pepper seasoning enhance its flavor appeal. 
  7. Culinary Enjoyment: Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong offers a pleasurable dining experience that resonates with those seeking a satisfying crunch and bold taste. 
  8. Micronutrient Diversity: Depending on the recipe, the dish can offer a variety of vitamins and minerals from the batter and squid. 
  9. Texture Pleasure: The satisfying crunch of the squid rings adds to the enjoyment of the dish. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Crispy Salt and Pepper Sotong without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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