This easy Chinese squid recipe is not authentic but it is a tasty and healthy way to eat squid! Stir fried vegetables topped with slightly crispy squid pieces and served with rice. So tasty!
If you think of squid recipes you probably think of squid rings in batter. That's the first squid recipe that springs to my mind anyway.
There are lots of ways to eat squid!
Well, I've just got back from holiday in Croatia and have discovered lots of ways to eat squid! There were some great seafood recipes and it was often served in a sea food pasta. The squid I had in pasta was very good but the Croats also seemed quite keen on stuffing small ones with cheese and Dalmatian ham before grilling or barbecuing them.
It was nice, but sometimes a bit tough and slightly overpowered by the strong cheese and ham.
You're probably right in thinking that that's not a recipe I plan to recreate. However, it did get me thinking about more creative ways to eat squid.
This Chinese Squid Recipe is perfect if you've never cooked squid before
Maybe I shouldn't say creative. After all, stir frying some vegetables and topping them with fried squid is probably not the most unusual recipe you've seen. However, for someone who doesn't often cook squid, just buying it to begin with is stepping outside the comfort zone!
I've called this recipe Chinese squid but I'm not sure if the Chinese really would cook it this way. It's more that the flavours are inspired by Chinese food. I never had any squid like this when I was in China! The truth is, I just didn't have a better name for it!
How do you cook the squid?
It's really important that the squid is cooked quickly so it's still tender. I lightly coat the squid in flour then deep fry it for just 1-2 minutes. Make sure the oil is hot before add the squid. The squid puffs up and turns white when it is ready.
Can you adapt the rest of this Chinese Squid recipe?
The vegetables I used went well but they did happen to be the ones I had in the fridge! So, feel free to vary them. The main thing is that the vegetables should still be crunchy and lightly cooked.
The lime goes really well with the squid and lifts the dish making it really fresh tasting. However, you could use lemon instead. You could even add light drizzle of sesame oil.
Chinese Squid Recipe
- 1 green pepper sliced
- ¼ white cabbage sliced into thin strips
- 3 spring onions sliced
- 1 onion sliced
- 1 clove garlic sliced
- 10 g root ginger sliced into thin sticks
- 1 chilli pepper thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 lime juiced
- 300 g squid chopped into bite sized pieces
- 2 tbsp flour
- Make sure everything is prepared before you start cooking so you can cook everything quickly. Heat a dash of flavourless oil in a wok and about ½ cm in a saucepan. If you are serving it with rice, the rice should be almost ready when you begin.
- Add all the vegetables including the ginger, chilli and garlic to the wok. Keep stirring. They will only take about three minutes. Add the soy sauce and the lime juice at the end.
- Toss the squid in the flour and then add the squid to the saucepan with the oil. The squid will only take 1-2 minutes. It will puff up a bit and turn white. When ready remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and put on kitchen roll to drain off the excess oil.
- Serve the squid on top of the vegetables.
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