Squid with Thai basil

Squid with Thai basil
  • Serves icon Serves 4 people
  • Time icon Ready in 30 minutes

This easy Thai stir-fry recipe for squid is short on ingredients but full of flavour. It makes a light and healthy meal or starter. This recipe also contains instructions on how to prepare squid.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
278kcals
Fat
9.9g (1.6g saturated)
Protein
40g
Carbohydrates
7.6g (3.6g sugar)
Salt
2.8g
Calories
278kcals
Fat
9.9g (1.6g saturated)
Protein
40g
Carbohydrates
7.6g (3.6g sugar)
Salt
2.8g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1-2 bird’s eye chillies, chopped
  • 1kg squid, cleaned, gutted, scored and cut into thick strips (see tip)
  • 3 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Bunch of spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced on the diagonal
  • A handful of whole fresh Thai basil leaves (you can get Thai basil from Asian food stores but otherwise use tarragon)

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or wide-bottomed frying pan. As soon as it is smoking hot, add the garlic, ginger and chilli. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, then add the squid pieces. Stir-fry for another 30 seconds, then add the fish sauce, sugar, lime juice and spring onions. Just ‘show’ these last ingredients the heat, then stir a few times and remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in the basil leaves and serve. This is great with a mound of slightly sticky rice and something cooling, such as wedges of cucumber.

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