Sambal Sotong

Sambal Sotong is simply a delicious dish that is easy to make. Boiled rice and a selection of Chinese greens complement it really well. Sambal Sotong, or sautéed squid, is a unique Malay recipe that is the foundation for many delectable and appealing Malay meals.

Those who are familiar with Malaysian cuisine may recognise sambal, but for those who aren’t, sambal tumis is a chilli-based sauce made mainly from a blended mixture of dried chillies, shallots, and garlic. Asian Meals too has its own sambal tumis sauce which can be used to cook tasty Malay dishes.

Sambal Sotong is a wonderful and simple dish to make. It goes well with boiling rice and a variety of Chinese greens like as bok choy, kailan/gailan, and others

Tips For Preparing The Squid

It is extremely important to properly clean the squid. Let us see how can we do it

1- Remove the head from the body with care. Entrails should follow suit. If there is an ink sac, remove it.

2- Discard the squid’s transparent cartilage.

3- Cut the squid into rings.

4- Remove the tentacles from the head. Squeeze out and chop off any bony squid beaks that you find.

5-The squid has been cleaned and is now ready for usage.

Making Sambal Sotong With AsianMeals Sambal Tumis Sauce


  • 120gm (4.2oz) of Asian Meals Sambal Tumis sauce
  • 360gm squid, cleaned and cut into rings
  • 1 medium onion, sliced

Cooking Method:

  • Preheat the wok and add in Asian Meals Sambal Tumis sauce.
  • At high heat, add squid, and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add in onions, cook for a further 2 minutes and serve.

Chef tips: Squid can be replaced with prawns, clams, mussels or crabs. You may prefer to blanch the squids in boiling water to prevent “bleeding”.

How To Enhance Your Sambal Sotong

The sambal recipe provided here is simple. While We think this is great on its own, you may amp up the Sambal Sotong by adding belachan or fermented dried shrimp paste. The belachan provides a depth of umami from shellfish that complements the Sambal Sotong. If using belachan, reduce the amount of salt used because belachan already contains salt.

Get To Taste The Best Sambal Sotong With AsianMeals Sambal Tumis Sauce

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