Thailand Recipes – Spicy Squid Salad


  • 4 small squid ( cleaned)
  • 1 tbsp roasted chilli paste
  • 1 tsp sunflower oilDressing
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp honey
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oilSalad
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 medium pepper (deseeded & sliced lengthways)
  • 2 tbsp each of mint and coriander
  • 1 red Thai chilli
  • mixed salad leaves
  • Sesame seeds


Score the squid on a chopping board. Place in a bowl with the roasted chilli paste and oil. Mix well. Place on a griddle or barbecue and grill for a few minutes each side until the squid is golden brown.

In the meantime, pound the ginger and garlic together in a pestle and mortar. Add the honey and lime and mix well. Whisk in the sunflower and sesame oil.

Chop the cucumber, pepper, spring onions and chilli peppers and place in a bowl with mixed salad leaves, mint and coriander.

Finely slice the grilled squid and add to the salad bowl. Pour over the dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Recipe by Merrilees Parker