Creamy Spiced Squid @ Sotong Masak Lemak

This is a simple and yet easy to prepare squid recipe I love very much which comes along with a hearty and yet flavourful creamy spicy gravy. It's originally a Malay dish. But the one they're serving in the Malay stall or Mamak stall is normally less creamy.

Ingredients :
500-600gm squid, cleaned & sliced
2 stalks lemon grass, cleaned cut & smashed
1 large onion, sliced
2/3 tbsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/2 tbsp chopped ginger
1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
4-5 bird eyes chillies, chopped
1 cup coconut milk
* turmeric leaf, sliced thinly (optional)

Method :
(1) combine sliced squid & turmeric powder and mix well.
(2) preheat wok or frying pan with enough cooking oil.
(3) stir in chopped ginger, garlic and smashed lemon grass, sautee untill fragrant.
(4) add in chillies & sliced onion, continued on cooking for about one minute.
(5) place in the squid and cook over high heat for another one minute.
(6) pour in coconut milk & salt, and simmer over medium heat untill the coconut milk became thicken & creamy. (remove the lemon grass)
(7) off the heat, stir in sliced turmeric leaf and serve hot.

I love it really spicy. So I added in a few more extra bird eye chillies! Oh yes, burning hot!

I would recommend not to reduce the chillies in this recipe cause it won't taste the same. An additional of curry leaves sound as wonderful! This creamy squid is also best to serve with 'nasi lemak' or spiced fragrant rice. Enjoy and Happy Weekend !

I'm sending this to 3 Hungry Tummies for Muhibbah Malaysian Monday Event.


  1. happy week-end,too!your squid looks delicious and so hot,indeed!:)

  2. Delicious! I love it this with nasi lemak:D

  3. I love squid and love the different recipes around the world for this delicacy. Fantastic dish!

  4. Not had squid for awhile now. This looks so perfect with nasi!

  5. wow, this sound nice & delicious!! Reserve some for me, Kristy!

  6. I LOVE this recipe. Love Malaysian a recipe for nasi lemak to go with this??

  7. I have only ever tried squid as calamari, I'd love to see what this tasted like.
    Hope you are having a great weekend daaaaaaaahling.
    *kisses* HH

  8. Alison : But not to that stage lol! haha.... Still very tongue friendly.

    Jeannie : Nasi lemak sounds great! Emm... salivating!

    Peanutts : Wonder you've tried this before?

    Jalena : Hope you will like it!

    Penny : Ya, you're right!

    Chin : So sorry, guess you've to make your own. hehe... ^_^

    Belinda : Enjoy, sweetie!

    HH : All I have to say is very flavourful and addictive! ^_^

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments and for spending your weekend with me. Hope you will all enjoy this recipe.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  9. I will try this one Kristy. I've seen squid and have been wanting to try preparing it myself, but didn't want to bread it and deep fry it like I see everywhere. I love all the spices that you've used and especially with the creamy goodness of the coconut milk. (I can't make it too spicy for my husband) This recipe sounds wonderful!!


  10. Oh, I love squid! This sounds great!

  11. I just made squid too yesterday, but Korean style :)! But squid with coconut cream sounds fantastic too...! Have a great weekend!

  12. une belle préparation appétissante et remplie de saveurs
    bonne journée

  13. Kristy, this is my favorite too! Reserve some for me please :)

  14. I wish we could get decent squid here - ours is just so old and chewy by the time it arrives in the Midwest. This does look scrumptious - loving the spices.

  15. Ohhhhh... burning love! LOL... I love sotong... my favourite... but I always prefer it fried or in curries. Masak lemak is too spicy for me!

  16. Kristy, that looks and sounds so delicious! I could eat that for breakfast... right now... since it is 10am here. ;)

  17. Oh Kristy...although I may not be quite the fan of chile heat...I can certainly see how I can adapt this recipe in my kitchen. I do love squid and I'm always looking for new ways to stir it up ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  18. Hi, Kristy. What a yummy dish for who likes squid!
    Thank you for the pleasant comment in the Chocorango.

    Have a wonderful week!

  19. This sotong looks real good! U've always been busy baking. It's interesting to see u cook this. I love squid!

  20. These look awesome! I love calamari with all of my heart... I've never met one that I haven't loved, prepared just about any and every way! :)

  21. oh wow this looks great and probably will go to friends for thanksgiving I am a Brit here its an American holiday but gladly celebrate it LOL

  22. Eem..eem...delicious!I love squids but i seldoms cook squids.

  23. I must try to get some sotong tmr..looks absolutely to die for!

  24. This looks particularly delicious. Diane

  25. I seldom cook with sotong, but looking at your creamy curry just makes me really want to try it. :P A big plate of coconut rice and it's a perfect meal! Yum!

  26. Eeeeeeee.... sedap nyer!! The curry looks so lovely and creamy.. and it's been ages since I've cooked with sotong. So tempting!!!

  27. I love recipes that make me think outside my comfort zone. I don't often work with squid, but your recipe has strongly tempted me. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  28. I love squid! I have a marvelous salad recipe I make with squid, but other than frying it, I have no other recipes.
    This looks marvelous, Kristy! Bookmarking.

  29. Your squid look delicious and juicy full of spices! Turmeric leaf is new to me I never used it, so now I have to look for it and give it a try!

  30. Wow the spices must have just made the meal!

  31. This reminds me that I haven't had squid for a long while. They look so tender and delicious.

  32. Must be a long time I have not eaten squids. Main reason....don't know how to cook :( I better learn. Yours looks very delicious....mmmm. Hope you have a great day!

  33. Creamy and spicy to please! A yummy dish.



  34. You managed to make squid look fabulous! thats not easy to do!

  35. I don't know how to cook squid too so I have not eaten them for a long time!

  36. I've never made squid at home...definitely need to try it. This dish sounds like is has wonderful flavor and spice. Yum!

  37. Looks delicious and yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Lyndz : Hope Wade will love it too! ha! Probably, you should start training him to take spicy food more often! haha...

    Abbey : Thank you!

    Cooking gallery : Yeap, I saw that and it looks awesome too!

    Fimere : Merci.

    Ann : I think it must pretty good too if you can add in some prawns!

    Claudia : whoa, that's too bad!

    Cleffairy : I'll have to say squid is not my favourite thing but squid in creamy sauce will be different.

    Diana : haha... are you kidding!

    Brownieville : You need a napkin, honey! ^_^

    Mr. pineappleman : Thank you!

    Claudia : Hope you will like this version of squid.

    Talita : You're welcome.

    Shirley : I'm cooking 2 meals a day. lol! Just common meals. I have very limited ingredients in my cooking cause my family only takes poultry and seafood. Hopefully, you're not expecting any lamb or beef recipes from me which I hope I can! ^_^ Maybe one day!

    Erin : Ha... you're awesome!

    Rebecca : You clever girl!

    Wai Kitt : I don't cook squid often too! Actually, I'm not a big fan of it.

    3HTummies : Hope you will like it!

    Diane : Thank you!

    Bee : Nasi lemak is actually quite fattening but who cares! The aroma is just so irresistible. haha...

    Kimberly : I'm sure you're quite familiar with this.

    Mary : Hope you will like it!

    Barbara : Hopefully, you will enjoy the recipe. And don't burn your tongue.

    Sutapa : Turmeric leaf has a very special aroma and it's relaly fragrant.

    Emily : Try & find out!

    Angie : Is squid something popular in Germany? Just curious!

    MaryMoh : Ah no wonder! Well, hope you will like this recipe.

    Rosa : Thanks alot!

    Claudia : Thanks!

    Tigerfish : WEll then you can start making squid from tomorrow onwards. ^_^

    Karen : Thanks so much. Hope you will enjoy it.

    Dimah : You're welcome.

    Thanks everyone for visiting and spending your time here with me. Hope you're all having a wonderful day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  39. squid is one of my obsessions! Love the meat. This recipe looks simple and yet delicious:)

  40. Woweeee!!! Lemak padi with sotong! Good thing I don't live next door to you! ;)

  41. Thanks for the recipe. I hope i will managed to duplicate t la. hahaha

  42. I've never ventured with squid till date, should try it next time.

  43. Thanks for joining our Muhibbah MOnday event with such a fantastic dish!

  44. I love squid and love the different recipes around the world for this delicacy. Fantastic dish!


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