Spicy Korean Squid Stir Fry (30 Minutes ONLY!)

Spicy Korean Squid Stir Fry is a tasty dish with squid that’s cooked with spicy and flavorful ingredients. The squid becomes tender and delicious when quickly cooked with red chili pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic, fish sauce, and sesame oil. It’s an easy and quick recipe, and the green onions add a fresh taste. You can enjoy it alone or with rice, making it a yummy and spicy choice for seafood lovers.

This dish is inspired by traditional Korean flavors and cooking techniques, where bold and spicy ingredients are often used to create vibrant and delicious dishes.

What to serve with this Spicy Korean Squid Stir Fry?

To make my Spicy Korean Squid Stir Fry extra delicious, I love serving it with rice – it soaks up all the tasty sauce. also, Kimchi adds a tangy kick that I enjoy, and for something cool and crunchy, a cucumber salad is perfect. These sides make my meal even better, especially with my favorite, rice, enhancing all the yummy flavors of the Spicy Korean Squid Stir Fry!

Korean Squid Stir Fry Less Spicy

To make This Korean Squid Stir Fry less spicy, you can reduce the amount of red chili pepper flakes (Gochugaru) in the recipe. Start by using half or even a quarter of the suggested amount, and then taste the dish. If you find it’s still too spicy, you can further adjust by adding more of the other ingredients like soy sauce, sesame oil, or a bit of sugar to balance the flavors. This way, you can tailor the spice level to your liking and enjoy a milder version of the dish.

How to Make Spicy Korean Squid Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized whole squid (about 14-16oz)
  • 2 tbsp red chili pepper flakes (Gochugaru)
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 stems of green onions
  • ½ tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

Instructions:

  1. Cut the squid in half lengthwise, remove the cartilage, and scrape the legs with the back of a knife. Rinse the squid with cold water.
  2. Cut the squid into ½-inch wide pieces and set aside.
  3. Prepare the sauce mixture by mixing minced garlic, red chili pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, and sesame seeds. Set it aside within easy reach as the squid cooks quickly.
  4. Cut the green onions into 1-inch pieces and set aside for the last step.
  5. Turn on the stove to high heat. Once the pan is hot, add avocado oil.
  6. Stir fry the squid for 1 minute.
  7. Add the sauce mixture and stir fry for another minute. Turn off the stove and remove the pan from heat.
  8. Add green onions to the pan and stir once.
  9. Serve and enjoy your delicious squid stir fry!

Notes:

  • This flavorful stir fry isn’t limited to squid. You can experiment with different seafood options like shrimp or octopus to create a variation that suits your taste preferences.

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FAQ

Can I use frozen squid for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen squid if fresh is unavailable. Thaw it thoroughly before cooking and pat it dry to achieve the best texture.

What can I substitute for fish sauce if I don’t have it?

If you don’t have fish sauce, soy sauce is a suitable alternative. Start with a smaller amount and adjust to taste.

Is it necessary to remove the cartilage from the squid?

Yes, removing the cartilage helps enhance the tenderness of the squid. It’s a recommended step for better texture in the final dish.

Can I make this ahead and reheat it later?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the sauce and cut the ingredients in advance for quicker assembly when ready to cook.

How long can I store leftovers in the refrigerator?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat gently for optimal flavor and texture.

Conclusion

Spicy Korean Squid Stir Fry offers a delightful journey into the vibrant flavors of Korean cuisine. With the flexibility to adjust the spice level and experiment with different seafood options, this recipe allows for personalization to suit various preferences. The notes provide handy tips, such as adapting the dish with frozen squid or substituting fish sauce, making it accessible to a wide audience.

Spicy Korean Squid Stir Fry

Recipe by Wasian CookeryCourse: MainCuisine: KoreanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Experience the bold and zesty flavors of Korean cuisine with this quick and easy squid stir fry.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized whole squid (about 14-16oz)

  • 2 tbsp red chili pepper flakes (Gochugaru)

  • ¾ tsp black pepper

  • ¾ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp fish sauce

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 4 stems of green onions

  • ½ tsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • ½ tsp sesame seeds

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

Directions

  • Cut the squid in half lengthwise, remove the cartilage, and scrape the legs with the back of a knife. Rinse the squid with cold water.
  • Cut the squid into ½-inch wide pieces and set aside.
  • Prepare the sauce mixture by mixing minced garlic, red chili pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, and sesame seeds. Set it aside within easy reach as the squid cooks quickly.
  • Cut the green onions into 1-inch pieces and set aside for the last step.
  • Turn on the stove to high heat. Once the pan is hot, add avocado oil.
  • Stir fry the squid for 1 minute.
  • Add the sauce mixture and stir fry for another minute. Turn off the stove and remove the pan from heat.
  • Add green onions to the pan and stir once.
  • Serve and enjoy your delicious squid stir fry!

Notes

  • This flavorful stir fry isn’t limited to squid. You can experiment with different seafood options like shrimp or octopus to create a variation that suits your taste preferences.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me via email at [email protected]. Additionally, I welcome your engagement on social media! Follow Me at @Wasiancookery  on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I’d love to connect with you there!

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