Thai Grilled Salt and Pepper Squid

Thai Grilled Salt and Pepper Squid

This recipe for Thai salt and pepper squid is fast and delicious to cook up on the grill, plus it's low-fat compared to deep-fried calamari.
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  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Using a knife, cut open the calamari tubes so that they lie flat.
  3. Step 3

    Rinse the calamari and place on a tea towel or absorbent paper. Pat them dry. Dry them as well as possible, otherwise, the spice mixture won't stick.
  4. Step 4

    Cut the calamari lengthwise into strips (approx. 1 inch wide), and place in a mixing bowl .
  5. Step 5

    Drizzle the oil over the calamari and stir, ensuring all surfaces are covered. Mix the dry spices together in a cup or small bowl, then sprinkle over the oiled calamari.
  6. Step 6

    Toss until all the calamari strips are coated in the spices. Set aside to marinate while you heat up the grill.
  7. Step 7

    Lightly brush your grill with oil, then cook the calamari until edges curl up (some strips may curl completely into a circle)—this only takes 2 to 3 minutes per side, depending on the heat of your grill.
  8. Step 8

    Place the calamari on a serving platter (if desired, over a bed of baby greens). Cut the 1/2 lime into wedges and squeeze over.
  9. Step 9

    Taste-test the calamari. If not salty enough, sprinkle over a little fish sauce or more salt. If too salty for your taste, add more fresh-squeezed lime juice. Add a final sprinkling of fresh coriander.
  10. Step 10

    Serve with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce for dipping. Note that this dish can be served over salad or with rice for a complete meal. Enjoy!