Five spice squid with lime mayonnaise

Excite your dinner guests with this crunchy, succulent and delicious five-spice squid, served with zingy lime mayonnaise. It makes the perfect share-plate for your next dinner party!

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 24
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Lime mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoon finely grated lime rind
  • 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 cup (600g) japanese mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon chinese five-spice
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes, crushed
  • 3 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 600 gram cleaned small squid (hoods and tentacles)
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly diagonally
  • 2 fresh long red chillies, sliced thinly diagonally
  • 4 limes, each cut into 6 wedges


Five spice squid with lime mayonnaise
  • 1
    Make lime mayonnaise. Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Cover, refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 2
    Combine spices, salt and onion powder in a large bowl; reserve one-third of spice mixture. Add flours to remaining mixture; stir to combine.
  • 3
    Cut each squid hood in half lengthways. Score inside in a criss-cross pattern with a sharp knife, then cut into 1.5cm wide strips.
  • 4
    Fill a large wok one-third full with oil; heat to 180°C (or until a cube of bread turns golden in 10 seconds). Toss squid and tentacles in flour spice mix; shake away excess. Fry squid, in batches, for 2 minutes or until golden and just tender; drain on paper towel. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • 5
    Fry onion and chilli for 2 minutes or until golden. Using a slotted spoon, remove from oil, add to bowl with squid; toss well to combine.
  • 6
    Divide squid into ¼-cup serving cones. Sprinkle with reserved spice mix to serve; accompany with lime mayonnaise and lime wedges.


To clean squid, gently pull head and tentacles with internal sac away from body. Remove clear cartilage (quill) from inside body. Cut tentacles from head just below the eyes; discard head. Remove and discard side fins and skin from body with salted fingers. Wash the body and tentacles thoroughly; pat dry. Japanese mayonnaise, from Asian grocers and selected supermarkets, is made with rice vinegar and has a slightly different taste from regular mayonnaise, which may be substituted.

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