I had some large frozen squid tubes so was googling around to see how to use them imaginatively.
Found inspiration in a range of Vietnamese stuffed squid recipes like this one Braised Stuffed Squid and Vietnamese Stuffed Calamari.
Didn’t have any dried mushrooms but did have frozen prawns so chopped them finely to add some texture to the stuffing.
Turned very well and made for an easy dinner. This dish would work well look great as part of a buffet spread as well. This recipe serves 2-3 served with rice but can be easily multiplied for larger groups.
Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes
- 2 large squid tubes or 4 smaller tubes
- 100g pork mince
- 4 small prawns shelled, deveined, diced finely
- 4 spring onions, finely diced and white and green parts kept seperately
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 20g cellophane/vermicelli noodles soaked in hot water until soft
- 2-3 red chillies finely chopped (deseed for less heat)
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 ripe tomatoes diced
- 2 teaspoons grated palm sugar or 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons or so of roughly chopped fresh mint and coriander
- 1/2 fresh lime
1. Defrost frozen squid tubes and frozen prawns until completely thawed.
2. Soak noodles in bowl of hot water for 20 minutes or until softened. Drain. Cut into small pieces/short lengths.
3. Make pork stuffing, place minced pork in a seperate mixing bowl with ½ tsp salt and knead until smooth. Then garb small handfuls of the pork and slap or throw them against the sides of the bowl until tender and almost looks like a paste. Then add prawns, garlic, half the chopped chillies, half the chopped green part of the spring onions,1 teaspoon palm sugar or 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, noodles and combine well.
4. Stuff the squid tubes leaving some room at each end to allow mixture to expand. Make one or two small slits across the top of the squid tubes to allow air to escape. Secure ends with toothpicks and skewers.place in steamer over a pan of simmering water and cook for 15-20 minutes or until filling is firm and cooked and squid tubes are tender. (I steamed the leftover stuffing alongside the squid to not waste it)
5. Heat vegetable oil in frying pan, Then add tomatoes, rest of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, white part of spring onions, rest of the chillies, fish sauce and stir fry. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until tomatoes have softened. Remove the sauce from the pan to a seperate bowl.
6 Add squid to same frying pan without cleaning pan after removing the sauce. Cook, turning carefully, for 5 minutes or until squid is light golden amd covered in pan juices.
7. Slice squid into thickish rounds, spoon over remaining sauce from the bowl, garnish with chopped coriander and mint and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with steamed rice or present on a platter on a bed of lettuce or watercress as part of a buffet or shared main.