Looking for a simple seafood recipe? Try this easy spicy squid dish that you will surely love!
Often fried and called calamari, squid is one popular seafood ingredient in the Philippines that is rich in protein. Either grilled or fried in cooking oil, this creature is simply irresistible and will never fail your taste buds. Squid’s body can be stuffed whole, cut into flat pieces, or sliced into rings. Its arms, tentacles, and ink are all edible; only its beak and gladius cannot be eaten.
Squids contain sufficient copper that fulfills 90% of the body’s requirement. Copper, being a trace mineral, is essential for absorbing, storing, and metabolizing iron and stimulating the formation of red blood cells. Protein in squids are also beneficial for the healthy functioning of the human body. Moreover, squids can also be a source of vitamin B12 and help in stabilizing sugar levels in the blood due to an increased supply of vitamin B3 to the body.
So, want these benefits? Try this spicy squid recipe below! Just make sure not to overcook squid as it will toughen, as well as loose its flavour and texture. Also, you may want to select smaller squids for they are tenderer than the larger ones. Happy eating!
Spicy Squid Recipe
- 4 medium squids. Cleaned and rinsed
- 4 tbsp. sesame oil ( if not available, vegetable oil will do)
- ½ cup of water
- 6 cloves garlic
- 4 slices of ginger
- 3 stalks of basil
- 2 fresh chili peppers
- 1 scallion
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 4 tbsp. soy sauce
- Slice squid horizontally into small pieces. (To make sure that you get rings instead of slice, don’t cut open the squid after cleaning.)
- Blanch in water along with scallion and ginger. Remove.(By blanching squid before cooking, you can prevent water from being released while cooking.)
- Over low heat, fry ginger in 3 tbsp. oil.
- When the ginger begins to curl, and squid, garlic, and chili peppers. Still well.
- Add all other ingredients and ½ cup of water. Allow to boil.
- After 5 minutes, add basil
- Transfer to serving dish and serve.