03 Apr2008


Here is a REALLY SIMPLE salad that I bet 98% of marketmanila’s readers can do without much difficulty. I made it while I was barbecuing other items and I wanted to make full use of the hot coals. I almost always have roasted capsicum in the fridge, but if you don’t, start by making homemade roasted red and yellow peppers, using my recipe, here. Then take the tentacles from a kilo of small to medium sized squid and remove the ink sacs, wash them and dry them with paper towels. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper just before grilling…


On a hot barbecue, grill the squid tentacles until the ends are crisp but not singed beyond recognition. Then transfer these to a serving platter, add some roasted peppers, sprinkle with good extra-virgin olive oil and some balsamic vinegar if you like and serve as an appetizer. It is incredibly good. The squid is crisp yet a bit chewy, the peppers are sweet and soft and the olive oil and vinegar binds it all together. I love this salad, and it is SO EASY to make. Another great pairing with grilled squid is some bracing young arugula and some ripe tomatoes, also with a vinaigrette. Oh, and I forgot to mention, this is wickedly healthy as well, at least according to Dr. Marketman. :)



  1. ragamuffin girl says:

    yummy I love squid and capsicum!

    Apr 3, 2008 | 10:00 am


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  3. rachel says:

    i love squid and this looks like it’s very easy to make.i’ll give this a try.thanks!

    Apr 3, 2008 | 10:10 am

  4. wysgal says:

    I love salted and peppered squid … how to grill in a tiny apartment kitchen? Substitute with oven roasting?

    Apr 3, 2008 | 11:15 am

  5. Maria Clara says:

    Grilled squid drizzled with spicy vinegar is a good appetizer and with roasted capsicum and with all the work you mentioned above heightens the squid to another dimension! I followed your recipe link and read the comments thereto. The inquiries (which sound very serious) they asked you tell me there is a big market for capsicum in India which I imagine goes into their chutneys.

    Apr 3, 2008 | 12:02 pm

  6. chad says:

    I’d put in a few more roasted vegetables (like sweet quartered onions, garlic chunks, tomatoes) and even see it as ulam in my eyes…

    Wicked photos MM!

    Apr 3, 2008 | 1:22 pm

  7. kasseopeia says:

    Now, more reason to annoy the neighboring units with smoke coming from our charcoal grill every weekend! Thank you for another great squid idea. We can make this salad and use the body for calamares! Hehehe…

    Apr 3, 2008 | 3:31 pm

  8. Gigi says:

    it looks glorious, MM! Thanks for this! :)

    Apr 3, 2008 | 3:33 pm

  9. Silly Lolo says:

    Another winner of a post, MM! I once grilled tentacles from LARGE squid just to freak out my grand daughters. I told them I was eating sea monsters. No wonder they call me silly lolo!

    Hey Wysgal (killer pseudonym there), try poking around a Japanese store. They have a mini-hibachi that works really well. Remember, they have tiny apartments in Japan and they love to grill!

    Apr 3, 2008 | 8:57 pm

  10. Ebba says:

    Bell peppers are so easy to grow, and they last in the “bush” longer than anything else in my garden. Here in Houston, they really thrive well, last to “fruit” among my summer veggies, they are a sight to see after all the others dried up after summer, green bell peppers now just turning into fall colors and stay till about Nov-Dec. They are delicious! I am coming home to Phils next May and I planned to bring home some seeds to be planted in Quezon. They do well in “square-foot” garden or even big pots.

    Apr 3, 2008 | 8:58 pm

  11. lee says:

    i love squid tentacles. repeat … squid tentacles… thye don’t sound like food.

    hey silly lolo, would love to join you with a cold beer devouring grilled sea monsters.

    Apr 3, 2008 | 9:14 pm

  12. Mandaragat says:

    Thanks, MM. Being a salad fan, I will try this right away.

    Apr 3, 2008 | 9:21 pm

  13. Apicio says:

    I mistakenly ate prairie oysters once in Saskatchewan thinking I heard it described as tentacles.

    Apr 3, 2008 | 9:28 pm

  14. millet says:

    apicio, hahaha…tentacles, testicles….same-same… :-)

    Apr 3, 2008 | 9:53 pm

  15. wilby cariaga says:

    mmmm simple yet surely will satisfy your tastebuds, i love squid, and capsicum too. . . too bad i cant grill in the condo unit, hmmm maybe we should buy an electric smokeless grill, well thats whats comes close to coal. . .

    Apr 3, 2008 | 11:13 pm

  16. lee says:

    yeah millet… hahaha….

    prairie oysters are sheep or bull? tentacles? hahaha

    Apr 4, 2008 | 11:36 am

  17. toni says:

    Squid and capsicum… grilled together… sounds good to me! :P

    Apr 4, 2008 | 8:47 pm

  18. alicia says:

    Yet another great recipe I want to make, add it too the long list. WHile I answered recipes in your new poll, I want to say that I would have liked to tick off a few other if not all the other possibilities. I think the variation of your posts are what keeps this blog fresh and I would hate to see the information about produce, markets, travel restaurants and yes, even the rants disappear! Your format you have chosen keeps people interested and engaged,

    Apr 5, 2008 | 8:21 am

  19. Sharon says:

    this is a winner!! i have always loved your site since i came across it last year. it has always been a reference especially when i have to entertain diner for french friends!! the roasted squid is sooo good!!!!!! it has became a staple at home, too!! i added some pressed garlic and it reminds me of provence!!!!!! yummmmmmmmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 | 11:48 pm


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