Spicy Sambal Squid

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Spicy stir fried squid

Spicy stir fried squid

I love seafood especially prawns. I love cuttlefish or squid, too, but hardly buy to cook it. It’s because I don’t really know how to cook. I can’t remember ever cooking a whole squid dish. I have eaten squid dishes cooked by my friends or in the restaurants and they were really delicious. I just need to try.

The other day I went with my girl to Macro, a big business centre, the other day and saw big packets of frozen squid rings. It looked too tempting. I bought one packet. But when I reached home, I didn’t know what to do with it…..*sigh*. 

Spicy sambal

Spicy sambal

Then I remember there’s sambal in my fridge. It’s quite a while we have not eaten that. I often forgot about the food in my fridge. Am I alone? Bet I am not….*grin*. Well, sambal is very important to all Malaysians. I believe to the Singaporeans and Thai, too. We love its spiciness, taste and aroma….mmmm. It’s a spicy condiment that we eat with rice or add to other dishes when cooking. It’s very delicious. It’s a MUST for ‘nasi lemak’, the popular coconut rice in Malaysia. You can read more about nasi lemak at Easy Nasi Lemak Overseas - Malaysia’s Great Favourite. In fact you can eat sambal with ANYTHING….bread, omelette, noodles, fritters, cucumber etc, etc.

As long as there’s sambal, the rest becomes easy. So, here’s my simple and easy spicy stir fried squid recipe.

Ingredients A
350g squid (cut into rings)
1t sugar
1/2t salt
1/4t pepper

Marinade the squid rings

Marinade the squid rings

Put all of Ingredients A into a bowl and mix.

Ingredients B
1 big onion (peeled and cut into slices)
1 bunch spring onion (cut into short lengths)
1 knob ginger (cut into strips)
olive oil
1/4t turmeric powder

Big onions, ginger and spring onions

Big onions, ginger and spring onions

Fry onions and ginger

Fry onions and ginger

Heat up some oil in a frying pan. Add the sliced onions  and ginger and fry a short while. Add the spring onions. Give a stir. Add the squid and turmeric powder. Fry a minute or so.

Ingredients C
2T sambal
4T milk

Add sambal and milk to squid

Add sambal and milk to squid

Add the sambal and milk to the squid. Fry a couple more minutes and dish up. Squid, like prawns, cooks very fast so don’t overcook or it may turn tough.

This dish is rather spicy because my sambal is very spicy. In fact I didn’t intend to add milk to the dish but because it was rather spicy, I add some milk to it to cut down on the spiciness.

Just in case you are not aware, should any time you eat something very spicy and too late to throw out, just run for milk! It may sound funny but it really helps. I do that to my friends all the time. It looks amusing but it does stop the tears and bring the smiles back….*big smiles*.

My family liked this dish very much….spicy and delicious. Just what we like. We had it with rice. It should go well with noodles or pasta too. It’s definitely not for kids though there are exceptions. I have a friend whose 2 year old son can eat chillies! I know, a lot of things can’t be explained, right?…..*grin*

Well, hope you have lots of fun cooking. And don’t forget, there may be stuff in your fridge that needs to be used up like mine….*smiles*.

Other seafood recipes that you may be interested in:
Teriyaki Salmon
Sweet And Sour Fish
Dry Seafood Curry
Tiger Prawns In Butter Sauce
Pumpkin, Prawns And Coconut Soup (Thai)
Spicy Seafood Kimchi Soup
Super Easy Curry Fish Fillet

There are lots more seafood recipes in my Recipes section.

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- James Gordon

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claire  on August 19th, 2011

Hello…I love sotong too especially with assam, sweet sour sauce.. at first glance, the squids looks like lai fun to me.. (noodles)…

Merryn  on August 19th, 2011

I’m a die hard fan of anything sotong! (except sotong man..)

Belinda @zomppa  on August 19th, 2011

I am totally with you! Love prawns, squid…and the spiciness of sambal. Oh, why can’t you be my next-door neighbor?

Jeannie  on August 19th, 2011

Looks hot and spicy….been a while since i had sotong. I tried not to eat too much of it!

Mr. Toes  on August 19th, 2011

Hi Mary!

This dish looks really flavourful and spicy! Just the way I like my seafood also. Which reminds me, how are my adoption papers coming along. Haha. I was amused to see milk in your ingredients, but it all made sense after you explained it. Glad I didn’t need any milk with any of your delicious dishes. Another delicious recipe, Mary. Thank you for sharing. Oh and when you mentioned Macro, it made me remember “what’s B&Q?”. Lol. HugSSSSSS!

serena @bigapplenosh  on August 19th, 2011

Yummm, I love sambal! Looks great!

kitchen flavours  on August 19th, 2011

Looks delicious! Love squids, just cooked some for dinner tonight. I love eating them, but I really HATE to clean them! I especially love them in spicy sambals! Can you pass some over? Yum!!!

lena  on August 19th, 2011

mary, this is always an appetising dish and dangerous too, will make us fat, sure will ‘tambah’ rice whenever this dish is served!

anncoo  on August 19th, 2011

This is also my favorite. I can have extra rice with this spicy sotong :)

Mr. Toes  on August 19th, 2011


Jeng jeng jeng! Somebody’s been losing lately ;) Kuleps!

Priya  on August 19th, 2011

Slurp, jsut drooling over that spicy squid..

Blackswan  on August 19th, 2011

Well done, Mary! I’m a seafood lover like u & this looks great to me. R u missing someone already? Hahaha!

somewhere in singapore  on August 19th, 2011

Give me a five, i also loves seafood!!!

penny aka jeroxie  on August 19th, 2011

might make some of this since mum is visiting. she loves spicy squid.

busygran  on August 20th, 2011

Yummy squid! Goes well with plain white rice!

Angie's Recipes  on August 20th, 2011

Have you any left that I can use to make some pasta for the dinner? :-)
Looks so delicious!

Juliana  on August 20th, 2011

Yummie, I love squid, unfortunately my husband is not into it…well, then I have this dish all for myself.
Have a great weekend Mary :-)

divya  on August 20th, 2011

oh wow what a colorful dish.. love all the beautiful clicks

Drick  on August 20th, 2011

squid is one dish to me that is very hard to cook, I think I would do it injustice… overcooked and rubbery…
yogurt helps too as does sour cream

Quay Po  on August 21st, 2011

I will vereat the rice with this dish because it looks so yummy. BTW, you are being tagged to play the 7 links challenge:D

Lyndsey  on August 21st, 2011

Mary this looks wonderful. I feel the same way about not making it myself not knowing how to cook it. You have inspired me to try it….or you could come over a make it for me? hehe

I tried, but couldn’t comment on your chocolate cheese ice cream…it looks amazing. The texture is so smooth, and I can just imagine how good it tastes. Your little friend is adorable.

bonnie at sweet life  on August 22nd, 2011

The spicer the better!! my hubby loves squid and I should really try this, he loves spice!@

happy monday!

Faith  on August 22nd, 2011

I’ve never made squid at home because like you said, I wasn’t really sure how to do it! Thanks for the great idea, Mary, this looks wonderful!

tigerfish  on August 22nd, 2011

I enjoy all kinds of seafood including squid but squid is something I have not cooked at home before!!! This dish calls out more rice to me!

edith  on August 22nd, 2011

Mary, I just bought some squid not knowing what to do with it. Impulse buy as my family doesn’t like them except me. Now I am pointed to the right direction. Thanks!

BTW, if you have the time, do join me in this Heritage Food Trail event. http://preciousmoments66.blogspot.com/2011/08/remember-heritage-food-trail-that-i.html

torviewtoronto  on August 22nd, 2011

squid looks fabulous
we make squid stir fry differently

Sidney  on August 25th, 2011

I love this - cooked with Sambal Belacan….

Jon V  on September 18th, 2011

Sounds great! I love squid and a spicy stir fry is right up my alley. Keep at it!

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