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Sweet Grilled Calamari (Sotong Bakar) Recipe

Sweet Grilled Calamari (Sotong Bakar) Recipe

Sweet Grilled Calamari (Sotong Bakar) Recipe

Having had the blessing to live in Indonesia as something of an upscale beach bum, I discovered one of life’s most decadent pastimes. What could be more indulgent than laying around on a pristine, white sand beach with absolutely nothing around except the gently lapping waves of the azure Java Sea beckoning? Add to that image the sight of just-caught seafood being grilled right before your very eyes. Small, whole squids are first marinated in a simple bath of Indonesia’s favorite sauce: sweet soy sauce. Then lightly sprinkled with salt before hitting a flaming grill. Barely a minute on either side renders the calamari super tender with finger-licking good caramelization.

Ingredients :

    • 1 lb (500 g) baby calamari tubes, no tentacles
    • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
    • Salt for sprinkling

Method :

    1. Clean the calamari tubes thoroughly, rinsing well under cold water. Pour the sweet soy sauce over the calamari in a medium sized bowl. Marinate for at least 1/2 an hour, or up to overnight.
    2. Pre-heat oven to high broil.
    3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the calamari tubes side by side on the sheet. Broil for 5 to 6 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second side.
    4. Remove from the broiler and sprinkle lightly with salt. Serve immediately.

SERVES 4
PREPARATION TIME : 5 MINUTES + 1/2 HOUR MARINATING TIME
COOKING TIME : 8 MINUTES