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10 easy summer dinner recipes

Make the most of those brighter, longer summer evenings with our simple and speedy dinner recipes. From veggie tarts to prawn pasta and easy pizzas, we have everything you need to pack your meals full of summer flavour - with none of the fuss!

Salt and pepper squid
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Salt and pepper squid

Try our Chinese-inspired twist on classic calamari with this speedy salt and pepper squid recipe. Ready in under half an hour and perfect for entertaining, this quick lunch or dinner combines crispy-coated squid with a fresh veg salad and punchy dressing for an easy, healthy way to cook squid at home.

  1. To make the salad, mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Mix the dressing ingredients together in a small jug and set aside.
  2. On a large plate, mix together the flour, crushed chillies (if using), a pinch of salt and 1 tsp of ground black pepper.
  3. Heat a large frying pan with half the oil. Coat the squid rings completely in the flour, then drop half into the pan. Space the squid out and fry for 1 min before moving, then turn and cook and for 2 mins more until cooked through. Tip onto a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain, season well and add a squeeze of lime juice. Add the remaining oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining squid.
  4. Pour the dressing onto the salad and toss to fully combine. Serve with the squid and eat straightaway. 

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  • Ingredients
  • For the salad
  • 250g red cabbage, shredded
  • 50g radishes, sliced
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 Little Gem lettuce, shredded
  • 15g fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • For the dressing
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3cm piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • For the squid
  • 70g plain flour
  • 1 tsp crushed chillies (optional)
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 300g squid rings, defrosted (if frozen) and drained on kitchen paper
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges