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Frozen Salt and Pepper Squid Air Fryer Recipe

Looking for the best frozen salt and pepper squid air fryer recipe? Well look no further! We tell you everything you need to know from the time and temperature to tips for getting the perfect crisp on your frozen salt and pepper squid in the air fryer.

FAQS about how to cook frozen Frozen Salt and Pepper Squid Air Fryer in the air fryer

Is it safe to air fry frozen salt and pepper squid?

Yes, it is completely safe to air fry frozen salt and pepper squid provided you cook them well and for long enough. Always check the temperature of food from the air fryer before serving.

If you are eating squid that was not cooked before freezing, please be sure to check package instructions or look up the minimum safe temperature for cooking.

Are frozen salt and pepper squid good in air fryer?

Air Fryer salt and pepper squid
Air Fryer salt and pepper squid

Yes, air-frying salt and pepper squid is probably the best way of cooking them! Air frying is faster than a regular oven and you’ll get much crispier squid than if you cooked them by another method.

Also we find air fried squid is much less chewy than squid cooked by other methods.

Do you need to thaw frozen salt and pepper squid before air frying?

One of the things that make this recipe really easy is that you don’t need to worry about thawing your squid before air frying. You just need to pop them into your air fryer and start cooking. You don’t even need to add oil!

Does this work for air frying frozen homemade squid?

You can absolutely air fry homemade salt and pepper squid however due to the oil content in store-bought frozen squid the time required is different and oil may need to be added to the air fryer basket.

What to Serve with Salt and Pepper Squid

Squid being dipped into sweet chilli sauce

Salt and Pepper Squid is a very popular appetizer. To make the perfect appetizer plate you will want to serve with a dipping sauce.

Our favorite dipping sauces to serve with salt and pepper squid are:

  • Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Tartare Sauce

And if you want to make an appetizer platter that features salt and pepper squid we also recommend serving Onion Bhajis, vegetable samosas, taquitos, vegetable pakoras or even Egg Rolls and Potstickers.


Once frozen salt and pepper squid have been cooked in the air fryer I recommend consuming them immediately as after a day in the fridge they can go a little soggy.

Frozen squid certainly can not be refrozen after cooking.

What You’ll Need

salt and pepper squid frozen in bag
  • Frozen Salt and Pepper squid (brand of your choosing).
  • An Air Fryer
  • Dipping Sauce (Optional)


Cooking frozen Salt and Pepper squid in the air fryer is super easy. All you have to do is place the required amount of frozen Salt and Pepper squid into the air fryer basket.

Don’t be tempted to oil the basket when cooking frozen Salt and Pepper squid. I find store-bought squid already have enough oil on them so you will find that they become extra greasy and lose crispiness if you put additional oil in.

Pop into the air fryer at 400°F (204°C) for 8 minutes.

Cooked squid in air fryer

Shake the basket at the 4 minute mark for more even cooking.

Continue cooking for 4 minutes or until they are golden and crispy.

Salt and pepper squid on plate with chilli

Note: cooking time may vary depending on the size of the squid and if your air fryer is already hot.

How to Air Fry Frozen Salt and Pepper sSquid Recipe Card

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Frozen Salt and Pepper Squid in Air Fryer Recipe

Squid on plate with chilli

This frozen salt and pepper squid in air fryer recipe will get your squid crispy on the outside while preventing chewiness to create the perfect appetizer.

Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 1 x bag of salt and pepper squid.


  1. Add salt and pepper squid to air fryer basket making sure basket isn't overcrowded.
  2. Put in at 400F (200C) for 8 minutes.
  3. Shake basket at 4 minute mark.
  4. Serve


Do not crowd basket.

Do not add oil into the basket.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 9g

More Great Frozen Foods Cooked in the Air Fryer

As I said above, we love our air fryer, so be sure to check out some of our other frozen food air fryer recipes

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