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Calamari Salad with Lime and Chili Dressing

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Calamari Salad with Lime and Chili Dressing


Preparation Time: 10 minutes and 30 minutes marinating time
Cooking Time: 13-19 minutes


  • One-two tablespoons fried garlic chips
  • Three cups mixed green salad
  • cup fresh mint, chopped
  • cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • One English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • Two scallions (spring onions), finely chopped
  • teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • One tablespoon packed light palm or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Two tablespoons fish sauce
  • One small red chili, finely chopped
  • One small red chili, seeded and chopped
  • Two cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 500 g (1 lb) cleaned calamari tubes, sliced 12 mm ( inch) thick


  1. Put the calamari in a bowl with garlic, chili and lemon juice. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain and transfer calamari into a steamer basket or bamboo steamer.
  3. Partially pour the pot or wok with water and bring to a rapid simmer. Make sure the steamer does not touch the water.
  4. Put the steamer over water, cover and steam for 3-4 minutes until calamari is opaque.
  5. Get the calamari off the steamer. Allow to cool.
  6. In a small bowl, mix fish sauce with finely chopped chili, lime juice, palm sugar and sesame oil. Stir thoroughly until sugar is dissolved.
  7. Combine calamari, scallions, cilantro, cucumber, mint and add chili mixture. Toss to mix thoroughly.
  8. Arrange on salad leaves, garnished with fried garlic chips.
  9. For the garlic chips, heat 1 cup of vegetable oil in a small saucepan and fry thinly sliced cloves garlic for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Make sure not to overcook the garlic.


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