Fried dried squid

Ojingeo-twigim 오징어튀김

Dried squid was one of my all-time favorite snacks when I was young. I still love it and if I don’t eat it for a while, I get cravings. I always keep a few dried squids on hand in my freezer. Then I can just take one out whenever I want it, toast it on the stove and eat it.

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If you’ve never tasted it before, it kind of tastes like beef jerky but it has its own pungent smell, intense flavor, and unique texture. It’s a little hard, but when you chew it, it gets soft with a lot of savory flavor. I usually slightly toast it over an open flame on my stove before eating it. Sometimes I skip the toasting and just eat it straight: I tear it into strips and eat it as is or I dip it in gochujang.

Dried squid is loved as a snack among Koreans, but you can make many other side dishes with it. The most popular is deep fried squid, called ojingeo-twigim in Korean. You can find it all over Korea, sold by street vendors, served in restaurants, or in neighborhood pubs, but it’s always best when you make it at home because you can make it just as you like it. I like it with a thinner batter and a generous amount of squid, so I can really enjoy the flavor and texture of the squid. I don’t like a thick, puffy batter with a small piece of ojingeo inside.

Frying the squid twice is essential. Just like Korean fried chicken (dakgangjeong), it might look crispy when fried once, but in a few minutes it will become soggy. Frying it a second time will keep it crispy for much longer. For convenience, you can fry some extra squid just once, freeze it, and then fry it again right before serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 large dried squid (about 4 ounces)
  • ⅓ cup potato starch
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • pinch baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup reserved squid soaked water
  • 4 to 5 cups vegetable oil

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For soy vinegar dipping sauce:

Directions

Prepare squid:

  1. Separate the arms and body of squid. Remove the bone that looks like plastic inside the squid.
  2. Use scissors to cut the body of the squid crosswise into ½-inch-wide pieces. Separate the arms into pieces with the scissors. Soak in 2 to 3 cups cold water for 4 to 5 hours until soft and flexible.
  3. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Reserve the water from soaking.
  4. Mix the squid with 2 tablespoons flour with your hands to coat evenly. Set aside.

Fry:

  1. Combine potato starch, the remaining ¼ cup flour, salt, baking powder, egg, and the reserved squid soaking water in a mixing bowl. Mix well with a fork.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a 10 to 12 inch pan over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 F. Drop a small spoonful of batter into the heated oil. If the batter floats to the surface in a second, the oil is hot enough for cooking.
  3. Dip each piece of squid into the batter to coat well. Carefully place the coated squid pieces, a few at a time, into the hot oil. Cook, turning a few times, until the batter is light golden and crunchy, about 1 to 2 minutes total. Transfer the cooked squid to a strainer. Repeat with the remaining squid pieces.
  4. When the squid pieces have all been fried once, fry them again, 3 to 4 minutes until very crunchy and golden brown. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Serve:

  1. Make a soy vinegar dipping sauce by combining soy sauce, vinegar, hot pepper flakes (if used), and sesame seeds in a small bowl and mixing it well.
  2. Serve immediately, with the sauce.

 

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40 Comments:

  1. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

    Big Boy,
    This is not going to be a proper dish for your mom if she can’t chew any food hard as you said. Fried sweet potato will be good. : )

  2. Big Boy& has 2,252 comments

    Hi Maangchi!
    Im a teenager learning how to cook and your videos are amazing!
    I just wanted to ask if the squid would come out too chewy or if they are still soft like the restaurants make them. Im planning on making this for my mom but she cant chew anything too chewy or hard. Thanks!

  3. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

    Confused,
    you can use any kind of vegetables you like with this batter. Onion, carrot, green pepper…

  4. Confused& has 2,252 comments

    I made this recipe and the squid was.. ok.

    But the sweet potatoes were fantastic! Are there any more vegetables that are good fried in this batter?

  5. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

    Confused
    sorry I should have posted more detailed recipe for this. I think you can fry it just only 3-5 minutes until it is golden brown. Once it is golden brown, the inside is cooked. But when you set it aside after frying, lose its crispiness. So you will have to fry it again for a few more minutes. Then it will be very crispy.

  6. Confused& has 2,252 comments

    Thank you! Also, how long do you cook the squid before taking it out the first time?

  7. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

    Confused,
    Don’t get confused! Fry it and set it aside and fry it again. That’s right! Check my “dakkangjung” recipe video. I am showing how I fry twice the chicken wings.

  8. Confused& has 2,252 comments

    How do you mean to fry it twice? Do you fry it, set it aside and then fry it again? or do you fry it, dip it in the batter again and then fry it again?

  9. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

    Portugalbear,
    Yes, that’s the way of making dried squid softer.
    If you use dried squid as it is, you won’t be able to chew it later because it’s too hard.

  10. Portugalbear& has 16 comments

    Hi Maangchi, why do you have to soak the squid? is it to make it soft?

  11. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

    Hi, June,
    Thank you for your compliment!

  12. June& has 2,252 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    I’ve been dying to learn how to make Yuk Gae Jang and I found your video on iFood.com. Your recipe is amazing! The instructions of your video are very clear. I really appreciate you are sharing your recipes with us and I hope you keep doing what you are doing!

    Best of luck!
    June

  13. Frugal Celiac& has 2,252 comments

    I’m not sure. It seemed that it was kimchi made with squid (with or without daikon).

    Ah well. Thank you so much for the help. :-)

  14. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

    frugal celiac,
    Hi, I’ve never heard about squid kimchi. Do you mean kimch with squid?

  15. Frugal Celiac& has 2,252 comments

    Hi Maangchi!

    I’m sorry if you are getting this twice, but I don’t know if my question made it through.

    I love your youtube videos and the recipes I’ve tried so far were excellent. My fiance is even hooked. I’ve shared some what I made with people at the office and my family and they really enjoyed the food! Thank you!

    I wanted to know about Squid Kimchi. I heard about it and would love to make it, but can’t find any recipes on it. Are you able to help me?

    Thank you in advance.

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