Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Vietnamese Style Grilled Squid

I did a quick road trip to my mom's house nearby where my Brother and his Wife were visiting. It seems everything centers on the evening meal and there is somewhat of a tradition to cook some kind of exotic food in addition to our regular meal. On the way to the house I stopped at a local Asian market and purchased three pounds of fresh squid and some other key ingredients I would need to make this Asian inspired dish. Give it a try, its really good on a hot summer night.
3 pounds squid, cleaned**
1 big splash fish sauce*
1 small knob peeled ginger
2 cloves garlic
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro
1/4 bunch fresh mint
1 dash soy sauce
juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon spicy chili paste*
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar*
1.Blend all ingredients till smooth in a food processor, it should be a balance of sweet and sour, spicy yet cool. Use a little of the sauce to quickly marinate the cleaned squid before cooking.
2. Prepare a hot fire and preheat the grill before adding the squid.
3. The tentacle's are easy to cook when skewered, place skewers on grill, after about a minute flip and do the other side, repeat with the body tubes, do not over cook or they will become tough and rubbery.
4. Toss squid in sauce and serve, garnish with sliced lime, chopped cilantro and peanuts.
Yield= 4-6 small plates
* Available at Asian markets
** To clean squid: Cut the tentacles off just in front of the eyes, next starting at the tip, use the back of a knife to push all the insides and head out of the tube, the tube can be left whole or cut into rings, wash all parts well and they are ready to cook.

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