Thai-style squid salad

Neil Perry
Squid is a perfect match for a subtle-flavoured Thai salad.
Squid is a perfect match for a subtle-flavoured Thai salad. Photo: William Meppem

In the salad, the squid could easily be replaced by prawns, fish, chicken, beef or pork.


300g cleaned squid

3 red shallots, finely sliced

1 kaffir lime leaf, julienned

1/2 lemongrass stalk, outer leaves removed

1 small handful mixed coriander, mint and Thai basil leaves


4 wild green chillies, finely sliced

1 tbsp caster sugar

juice of 1 lime

2 tbsp fish sauce


To make dressing, pound chillies and sugar in a mortar and pestle to form a paste. Stir in lime juice and fish sauce and check seasoning.

To prepare squid, cut off the tentacles and cut down the centre of the squid so
it will open out flat. Score the inside with a crisscross pattern then slice lengthways into 2cm wide strips. Cut the tentacles in half.

Blanch squid in a large pot of salted water for about 30 seconds until it just turns opaque, then drain and let cool.

Toss squid, shallots, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass and herbs together in a bowl.
Add dressing, gently toss again and serve.