Spicy Sambal Style Squid

This vibrant dish combines a symphony of boldly spicy, sweet, and zesty flavors to awaken your palette. It pairs perfectly with short-grain rice and fresh greens. Sambal squid is popular in Southeast Asia including Singapore and Malaysia. In this sambal squid recipe, I added a red bell pepper and a yellow onion which adds a naturally sweet dimension to the sauce.  It is a must try for the spicy seafood lovers out there. Squid is high in protein, minerals and low in calories. Speaking of squid, is anyone else excited to hear that season 2 of Squid Games has officially been given the green light?

Sambal Squid Rings

Sambal Squid


  • 16oz frozen squid rings (calamari rings)
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 1.5 tbsp Huy Fong chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste
  • 1 lime

How to make sambal squid:

  1. Defrost and rinse squid rings
  2. Cut onion and red bell pepper into strip
  3. Heat up a large non-stick pan and coat with a splash of vegetable oil.
  4. Sauté the onions until just fragrant and add the squid rings.
  5. Add 1.5 tbsp of Huy Fong chili garlic sauce and prawn paste. You can adjust according to how much spice you can handle.
  6. Then add prawn paste and ensure that the squid is evenly coated.
  7. Add 3 tbsp of water.
  8. Lastly, toss in the red bell pepper and once the squid is cooked through.
  9. Garnish with green onion and add the juice of 1 lime .
  10. Enjoy with rice and your favorite greens.

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