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Some of my favorite seafood dishes involves squid, and once in a while at mamak nasi kandar places, I’ll be tempted to take one of them big squids, but those things are always so ridiculously priced that I always stopped myself from committing that financial suicide.

Good thing is, squids are actually not expensive as an ingredient to cook. This is my recipe for whipping up some asam squid curry, it is pretty simple and can be prepared in less than half an hour, including cleaning the squid and preparing the home made curry paste.

ingredients for asam squid curry
ingredients for asam squid curry – dried chili, shallots, squid, asam, onion

For the curry paste ( you can skip this portion if pre-made curry paste is used, like one of those from Adabi). This is for portion of 2.


  • 8 shallots
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 8 dried chili (fresh red chili would be ok too)
Use a blender and blend the ingredients to pulp, set a side.

grind your own curry paste - with dried chili, garlic, and shallots
grind your own curry paste – with dried chili, garlic, and shallots


  • 4 medium to large size squid (clean but leave head intact, I take out the eyes and beak too)
  • 2 small red onion, sliced
  • 3 table spoon of oil
  • 3 table spoon of asam
  • 1.5 cup of water

fry the curry paste, then squid, finally add asam water
fry the curry paste, then squid, finally add asam water

The cooking method:

  • mix water with asam
  • heat up cooking oil and fry the prepared curry paste till fragrant (1-2 minutes)
  • add squid andΒ sauté for 2 minutes
  • add onion, and cook for another minute or so
  • add asam water (strain away the asam seeds)
  • bring to boil and ready to serve

squid curry for two, yummeh
squid curry for two, yummeh

The result is a pretty yummy squid dish for two, add another plate of vegetables and it’s a balance dinner to go with rice already. Check out my cooking session for more recipe.

Cheers and happy cooking!

Discuss : KY cooks – Asam Squid Curry

  1. Michelle chin

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Hehe i love assam squid too but my mom doesn’t cos of cholestrol! πŸ™‚

  2. me loves squid too! except when it’s too rubbery. but i enjoy munching on the squid head especially πŸ˜€

  3. When want to do jamuan ? Haha i wan an invitation please πŸ˜€

  4. very nicely done. . . .a lil sugar will bring more flavour out Bro

  5. wow.. yummy. But squids are really expensive at the nasi kandar stalls!!!

  6. Very nice and it looks delicious to boot!

    I like the color, it looks quite spicy. πŸ™‚

    Yeah, squid is cheap but nasi kandar places always charges a ridiculous price for it.

  7. Mmmmph. MMMMMMmmm. Mm. (sorry it’s the only expression worth mustering!)

    I want.

  8. stop wasting time writing recipe la, not like you really know how to cook(self praise got use meh). if we want a recipe we can go google look for it instead. btw you really need to get an extra job to feed your lady, 2 dish and rice for dinner??? u jobless issit? pity your gf man…

    • jy: it’s for my own record keeping mostly, and you can always choose not to read, kthxbai. πŸ˜€

  9. This looks very doable, thanks KY! Love your recipes =)

  10. Hi!
    I’d like to cook this so bad. But what is “asam”?
    Tried to google it but made no sense, hahaha. πŸ™

    I’m from Sweden, going to Malaysia in about a month. Maybe I’ll get some “asam” with me home (what ever it is πŸ™‚ )


  11. sal2des

    KY, issit ok if you dont clean the inner part? i prefer to clean it!
    by the way, i’m sure it taste good and even better with additional Ring Onions…

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