|Grilled Squid with Garlic and Red Chiles|
All Images (c) Karey Butterworth
This is my favorite way to eat squid. Simple, fresh and just perfect for summer.
Grilled Squid with Red Chiles and Garlic:
- 2T thai fish sauce (squid brand, of course!)
- 1T water
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ t sugar
- ½ t finely sliced red chile, into rings
- 1 t finely chopped green onion (white part only)
- 1 lemongrass stalk, finely chopped
- 10 oz prepared small squid
- Juice of 1 lime
- Sea salt and pepper
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- Small pinch red chile flakes
- 2T peanut oil
- 1 romaine heart sliced into wide strips or iceberg lettuce is fine, too
- 4 green onions, finely sliced
- Thinly sliced cucumbers
- Basil or Mint leaves
- Cilantro sprigs
- 8x cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- Cracked pepper and half a lime for garnish
Mix dressing ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Cut along one side of each squid pouch and open it out flat. Score the inner side into a diamond pattern with the tip of a small, sharp knife then cut into 2 inch squares. Separate the tentacles and toss the squid pieces with lime juice, salt and pepper.
Heat the peanut oil in a cast iron pan or wok until very hot, almost smoking. Add the squid and stir for about 1-2 minutes until they are just starting to turn white. At the last second, add the chopped garlic and red chile flakes and stir for 15 more seconds. Don’t let garlic turn brown or it will taste bitter. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Keep warm.
Toss together the lettuce, green onions, basil, and cilantro in the dressing and spread on a platter or individual plates. Place the squid pieces on top along with any leftover oil, then garnish with the cucumber slices, halved cherry tomatoes and lime. Spoon any remaining dressing over salad and season with cracked pepper.
Karey Butterworth is the local business owner of GLOW Restaurant and Bar. She is an award winning chef who specializes in scrumptious coastal cuisine. Thank you for sharing this article and info with all of us, Karey!