Woman’s Weekly have updated a tasty fish dish from their March 1953 issue. Using squid instead of herring roes, they’ve made it easier and cheaper
Serves: 4
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy




    • About 500g (1lb) cleaned, ready to cook squid, thawed if frozen


    • Oil, for deep-fat frying


    • Hot chilli sauce, to serve


For the batter

    • 125g (4oz) plain flour


    • 1 x 7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast


    • Salt and ground black pepper


    • 1-2 tsp olive oil or melted butter






    1. To make the batter: Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the yeast and seasoning. Make a well in the centre, then gradually pour in 200ml (7fl oz) warm water and the oil, or melted butter, and mix in the flour to make a smooth batter. Leave to stand for 20 mins.


    1. Cut the squid into thick slices. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or a large pan. Dip a few pieces of squid into the batter, then add them to the hot fat and cook for 2-3 mins, until evenly browned and crispy. Fry in batches, draining on kitchen paper. Serve with hot chilli sauce.



Nutritional information per portion




This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.