Korean barbecued squid on skewers

Delicious, fresh, juicy Korean barbecued squid on skewers - a crowd pleasing dish which is perfect for your next BBQ or family gathering!

  • 35 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
  • Makes 50
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Korean barbecued squid on skewers
  • 1 kilogram cleaned squid hoods
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) sake
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 centimetre piece fresh ginger (15g), grated finely
  • 2 tablespoon shrimp paste
  • 2 tablespoon soya bean and chilli paste
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 10 centimetre stalk fresh lemon grass (20g), white part only, chopped finely
  • 1 medium green pear (230g), grated coarsely
  • 4 3cm thin strips orange rind
  • 2 fresh long red chillies, seeded, sliced thinly
  • 2 medium lemons (280g), cut into wedges


Korean barbecued squid on skewers
  • 1
    Halve squid hoods lengthways. Using a sharp knife, score inside in a criss-cross pattern at 5mm intervals. Cut into 4cm x 8cm pieces.
  • 2
    Place sugar, sake, sauce, garlic, ginger, both pastes, oil, vinegar, lemon grass, pear and rind in a large bowl; whisk to combine. Add squid, season; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  • 3
    Preheat a lightly oiled grill pan (or barbecue) on high heat. Drain squid; reserve marinade. Thread squid pieces onto skewers in an ‘S’-shape. Cook skewers, in batches, turning occasionally and brushing with reserved marinade, for 5 minutes or until cooked through and charred lightly.
  • 4
    Place skewers on a large platter; sprinkle over chilli, accompany with lemon wedges.


Soak bamboo skewers for at least 30 minutes before using to prevent burning when cooking. The pear in this recipe acts as a tenderiser, the longer the squid marinates the more tender it will become. Squid can be marinated a day ahead; store, covered, in the fridge.

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