Bigfin Reef Squid 青目
Bigfin Reef Squid (Sotong Daun) from Pontian has a hint of sweet taste in its savoury flavour that is unique and cannot be found elsewhere. It is often confused with Squid (Sotong) and Cuttlefish (Sotong Katak), but it is usually the priciest option among the three. In fact, Bigfin Reef Squid and Cuttlefish both have a firmer texture than Squid. It is commonly in served as deep fried buttery Bigfin Reef Squid in many Pontian restaurants, becoming a must-try dish for tourists and locals to enjoy.
Chinese Name(s): 青目
Local Name(s): Sotong Daun
Type: Wild Caught
Cooking Method: Deep Fry / Steam
烹煮方式：煎炸 / 蒸
Weight Loss after cleaning (whole fish): 65%
Caution: Customized cutting is NOT available.
Storage: Keep frozen at -18°C. For best quality, consume within 3 months.
✅ 100% Preservative Free 绝无防腐
✅ Cleaned & Gutted 去鳞清内脏
✅ Vacuum Packed 真空包装
✅ Flash Frozen 急速冷冻
How To Make: Fried Calamari
- 1 lb cleaned calamari tubes cut into rings, and tentacles left whole
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk or milk
- vegetable or canola oil for deep frying
- marinara sauce, lemon wedges, or aioli, for serving, optional
Place the calamari into a bowl with the lemon juice, and let sit for 30 minutes. This will tenderize the calamari.
Preheat frying oil to 375 degrees F, either in a deep fryer or a large cast iron pot, no more than 1/2 full.
In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, cayenne, paprika, and salt. Add half of this mixture to another medium bowl. Place the buttermilk or milk in a third bowl. Place the three bowls on the counter in the following order: spiced flour, buttermilk, and spiced flour.
Remove the calamari from the lemon juice, then dredge each piece in the flour, shaking off any excess, then into the buttermilk, shaking off the excess, then back into the second bowl of flour. Repeat this process with all the calamari.
Fry the calamari in batches for about 2-3 minutes total, until golden brown. Then drain on a paper towel and immediately salt the calamari generously so the salt sticks. Serve with marinara sauce and lemon wedges, if desired. Enjoy!
Also Try: Chinese Style Salt & Pepper Squid