Crispy squid and onion rings

Plate of fried onion and squid rings with lemon wedges and a pot of dipping sauce.
Try this batter recipe — adding a little white vinegar to the mix. It works wonders! You can create an incredibly light and crispy coating to your favorite seafood and vegetables.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetiser, Snack
Servings 3 as snack


For the batter:

  • ½ cup flour plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ cup cornflour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp DYC White Vinegar
  • About 100ml cold water
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Serve with a dipping sauce and garnish with chopped chives.


  • Slice onion and squid tube into rings about 1cm wide.
  • Mix the flour, cornflour and baking powder together. Add the vinegar and slowly whisk in enough cold water to make a thick, smooth batter.
  • Heat oil in a deep fryer or a heavy based pan to 180C.
  • Deep fry onion rings in batches. Dip in the batter to coat well, then place in the hot oil. Cook until crispy and golden for 2–3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a piece of paper towel to drain. Repeat with the remaining onion rings.
  • Deep fry squid rings in batches. Lightly dust with flour, then coat in batter as you fry. Cook until crispy for 5–6 minutes. Drain on paper towel.
  • Serve immediately with a dipping sauce of your choice.
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Vinegar is also the secret ingredient behind the perfect crispy roast potatoes.

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