Fried squid with tomato and pepper compôte, tomato salsa and dipping sauce

This squid recipe from Galton Blackiston uses a medley of sweet cherry tomatoes and peppers to contrast brilliantly with the squid. The dipping sauce, infused with sesame oil and soy sauce, is perfect with the crispy calamari, but can also work with other seafood dishes.

First published in 2015





Tomato and pepper compote

Tomato salsa

Dipping sauce


Begin by preparing the squid; cut off the tentacles, slice open the cavity and score the inside of the squid with the tip of a sharp knife to make a diamond pattern. If you can't find already cleaned squid, see the video below for instructions on how to clean a squid
Rub olive oil on the squid and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a griddle pan until smoking hot, add the squid and griddle for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. Remove from the heat and keep warm
For the tomato and pepper compôte, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil, add half the red onion and the coriander seeds and cook over a gentle heat for 3-4 minutes, or until softened but not browned
Add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for one minute. Add the red pepper and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and lemon juice and stir well. Remove from the heat, add the rest of the onion, the halved cherry tomatoes and the rest of the olive oil. Leave to cool slightly and then stir in the mint
For the salsa, place the olive oil, chopped tomatoes, onion, pepper, mint, lemon juice and chilli flakes into a small bowl, season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and leave to macerate
For the dipping sauce, place the honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and lemon juice into a small bowl and whisk together until well combined. Add the chilli flakes, grated garlic clove and sesame seeds and mix well
To plate, cover the base of the plate with the compôte, pile the squid on top and spoon some of the salsa over the squid. Serve the dipping sauce on the side

There can't be many Michelin-starred chefs who started out selling homemade cakes, biscuits and preserves on a market stall in Rye in 1979. Yet, the quietly spoken, endearingly eccentric Galton Blackiston isn't like other chefs.

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