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Sweet and Spicy Dried Squid

Have you ever tried dried squid? Squid are spread over bamboo sheet and let to dehydrate and dried in sunlight. It becomes flat, brown, salty, fishy treat.

There are many forms of dried seafood we indulge in Asia, whether it is shredded squid, grilled dried quid or deep fries, they are making great snacks for drink party or TV time munchies.

My family in Thailand sends dried squids to us often as it is one of my husband favourite things. The squids carry smell of the ocean with them and we can notice natural sea salt dusted against the brown skin. When these dried squid are in touch with heat, grilled or deep fried, they are suddenly smitten and curled so elegantly. The salty, fishy smell transports your kitchen to an abandon beach where the cool breeze swipe the fresh aroma of the hydrosphere to your windows.

Dried squid is very salty and chewy while the exterior when cooked turns slightly crispy. We love to add some sweet, spicy and sour to balance out the flavour of this munchy snack. The sticky, sweet and sour sauce coated the salty squid make it even more finger-lickingly delicious.

Sweet and Spicy Dried Squid

Ingredients: (6 servings)

300 gm dried squid

3 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp vinegar

2-3 dried red chili-crushed

2 tsp sesame seed- toasted

1 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves


  1. Grilled dried squid over medium heat for 1-2 minutes each side until they’re cooked thoroughly. You can also brushed the squid with a little butter and bake them in preheated oven at 200 degree C for 5-7 minutes or until they are perfectly cooked and crispy. The other simple way to cook them is to deep fry them in the medium heat oil for few minutes.
  2. Cook vinegar and sugar in the sauce pan over the medium heat. Let it bubble for 1 minute, add crushed red chili and sesame oil. Turn off the heat.
  3. Add cooked dried squid, sesame seed and coriander leaves and toss well together.
  4. Serve hot as a snack.

There was no need of invitation whenever I fried these squids, my husband and son would rush to the kitchen and pick up some sizzling hot squid to their months. The sweet and sour sauce cut into the salty texture of dried squids so perfectly. “It’s so good! Could you make some more?” my husband would said when the last squid disappeared from the plate.

Have you ever tried dried squid before?

Take care,

17 comments to Sweet and Spicy Dried Squid

  • I’ve never heard of dried squid before , does it stink like the other dry fish , though it stinks I love dried fish :).

  • Denise

    I love this stuff! It’s my favourite breakfast food! 😀 A word to the wise though, don’t cook/eat this unless you want to drive away anyone who isn’t used to the smell. XD

  • Lyn

    Athough I don’t really fancy dried squid, I must admit that this looks beautiful and tasty! Maybe I should try this some day and who knows, I may like it! 😉

  • Kishree

    I really miss eating dried squid and I’ll kill anybody who says it smells bad. Dried squid, however, is not easily available in my remote town. I’m thinking of making a substitute of dried cat’s ears–you know, because my neighbor has lots of cats that stray in my garden.

    • Tes

      Ha ha ha, I hope I could be very incontrovertible and attacked anyone who against the smell of dried squid, too 🙂 Let me know how it goes with the cat’s eyes 🙂

  • Rosita Chua

    Hi Tes, I was in Chiang Mai last year and I bought some of these fried dried squids from the night market. They tasted a little bit spicy and sweetish, crunchy. I gave some to the receptionist of the guesthouse I was staying in and she said she could get me better ones. She really did the following day, bringing me 2 bags of it. They were really better than what I bought. Ever since then, I have been trying to get the recipe on the internet and from her. Unfortunately, she couldn’t get the recipe from the seller. Yours is a little similar, but the ones I had is more moist, darker and eating with my fingers left them sticky. Are you familiar with what I am talking about?

    • Tes

      I think that is called “paradise squid”. It’s sweet-savory snack. It’s super addictive; don’t you think? I have never attempted to make it at home yet, but I can look around for the recipe for you.

  • Kay Leggat

    Hi Tess I have had Yum Mai Thai which is a crispy squid salad here in Australia at a local thai restaurant and I have tried to replicate but are unable to get the squid crispy. Can you give me any tips on how to do this? Do I buy dried then deep fry it seems to come out chewy if I put in oven. I love the tast of this recipe but cant seem to find one for Yum Mai Thai salad.

    • Tes

      I’m not sure which dish you are talking about. There’re a lot of crispy squid salads in Thailand. Is the squid in Yum Mai Thai is shredded and slightly sweet? I know people tenderize dried squid before frying to get the soft and crispy texture, but I’m not sure it’s what you want. I really wish I could help you. Why not send me a snap of the dish, then maybe I can understand it better 🙂 Have a nice day 🙂

  • Rosita Chua

    Hi Tes, just got your response today. Up to now I am still looking for that recipe of the squid snack I have tasted in Chiang Mai. The receptionist of that guesthouse wrote she is sorry she still couldn’t get the recipe for me. I guess I can’t do anything till I go back to Chiang Mai again, hopefully, this November.

    But please keep trying Tes to see if you can cook it. As it is so good and yes, it is quite addictive. I don’t know why I didn’t bring some home on my return.

  • Rosita Chua

    Hello Tes, a new friend living in Bangkok found this website for me.
    I think these are the ones I have been looking for. Some of the written words are in Thai and I can’t understand them. Some of the English translation doesn’t make sense to me. Maybe you can do more with your Thai knowledge. Hoping you’d be able to get the recipe.

  • Senya

    This looks like a great recipe!!! I was wondering what kind of squid I should use, as I bought some dried dehydrated rolled (vegan) squid from Hung Yang Foods co, and don’t know how to cook it.

    • Tes

      Hi Senya,
      I’m not sure, too, about what type of squid you bought. I know you can eat some dehydrate squid without cooking. Usually those types are already seasoned and they’re delicious. if not, then you can grill or fry them. Let me know about what you have and I can give you better advice.

      • Senya

        I have squid from the brand Hung Yang

        • Tes

          Ah okay, so this vegan squid that you’ve got is ready to eat. You don’t need to cook it. If you want to use it in your salad, I suggest you prepare your salad first and then add it before the final toss. I would love to prepare a healthy bowl of fruit salad packed with pineapple, apple, grape, etc. with shallots and mint. You can season it with salt, a little palm sugar, chili flakes and lime juice, and then you can add shredded squid and peanuts before serving 🙂

  • Kay

    Hi Tess
    The squid is crispy and small and could be shredded – I need to know how to cook it and what sort of squid to buy – do you fry in oil if so what sort – the salad is a salad with crispy squid pineapple mint fish sauce and shredded lettuce – I will try and get a picture to you thanks for your help have a nie day

    • Tes

      Hi 🙂 The squid I bought is whole and dry in the sun. So when I cook it, I usually deep fry in oil. You can also wrap it in aluminium foil and bake it at 220 degree C until it’s browned, but this will make your oven super stink. I love the idea of salad with pineapple.I have something very similar with a lot of peanuts in it.

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