Sauteed squid, leeks, and tomatoes

Last night I made a completely new dish – I had never cooked with squid before!  A few weeks ago I picked up some frozen boiled squid at my local Japanese market and I’ve been trying to find a way to use it.  I came up with this… (I’m pretty sure it’s a Vietnamese dish.)

Sauteed squid, leeks, and tomatoes


Ingredients (serves 2)

  • squid (I used 200 g, frozen, already cooked – but you could use fresh as well)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • <1 tablespoon sesame oil (for sauteing)
  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 1 medium/large firm tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper & 1/2 teaspoon Asian 5-spice powder (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water


  1. Marinate the squid in 1 tablespoon of fish sauce.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saute pan/wok over high heat.  Add the squid; saute for 1-2 minutes.  Add the leeks and tomatoes and spices; saute for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the cornstarch mixture, stir, reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.  Add the last tablespoon of fish sauce; stir; serve!

I served mine over steamed kabocha (what else?) and Bobby had his over white rice.  We split the dish exactly in two and it was perfect.

Squid is a great option – it’s high in protein and low in fat.  It can lower cholesterol and it’s a good source of Phosphorus, riboflavin, and vitamin B12.  The cooked tomatoes are a great way to get antioxidants (cooking them actually increases the lycopene content) and more of our vitamins (C, A, potassium, and even iron – very important).  Leeks of course are high in fiber but also have a good variety of vitamins (folic acid, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C).  They’re easier on the digestive system than regular onions, and they even have antiseptic and anti-arthritic properties.

How’s that for a nutritious meal?  I hope you enjoy it 🙂  What’s your favorite seafood (if you eat it)?  Mine is shrimp. A definite yum.

11 Comments on Sauteed squid, leeks, and tomatoes

  1. Cindy
    28 April, 2009 at 2:09 pm (8 years ago)

    What a totally healthy meal!

    What is Kabocha? I see you use it a lot and it looks good but i’ve never heard of it before!

    ANY seafood is my fav…. but if i had to pick…it would depend on my mood…HA. and yeah, SHRIMP is near the top of the list.
    i just enjoyed a HUGE seafood salad yesterday and today
    mmm shrimp, smoked salmon, crab…. delish.

    do you think the squid would be good in a soup? I’m a soup fan… for those chilly months it’s how I get my veggie fix instead of a cold salad.

  2. Sharon
    28 April, 2009 at 2:21 pm (8 years ago)

    Totally love shrimp too! Best choice in terms of seafood. Yum yum!

  3. Jen
    28 April, 2009 at 2:44 pm (8 years ago)

    Mmm, the dish looks unique and healthy! I was raised on tons of squid because Korean people put it in spicy seafood soups, or they use it dried as banchan (the little dishes you get at the beginning of the meal). And who doesn’t love calamari! 😀

  4. Tanya
    28 April, 2009 at 2:57 pm (8 years ago)

    Mine is definitely shrimp too.

  5. Christina
    28 April, 2009 at 5:07 pm (8 years ago)


  6. Danielle
    28 April, 2009 at 5:51 pm (8 years ago)

    Great dish!

  7. coco
    28 April, 2009 at 6:20 pm (8 years ago)

    oh….I love this combo!!!!!! Is squid the same as octopus? they look pretty alike.
    favorite seafood? so many…. mediterranean octopus.. shrimp…. salmon (if it counts as seafood). 🙂

  8. Pearl
    28 April, 2009 at 10:48 pm (8 years ago)

    my mother loves adding sauteed squid with celery.. the celery soaks up some of the savory juices from the squid and turns out well!

  9. Lara (Thinspired)
    29 April, 2009 at 3:13 am (8 years ago)

    You are quite brave to cook squid at home! Sounds like it turned out well, though!
    My favorite is a tie between shrimp and salmon…I just can’t decide.

  10. elise
    29 April, 2009 at 6:13 am (8 years ago)

    whats kabocha?

  11. The Dainty Pig
    29 April, 2009 at 1:35 pm (8 years ago)

    i love seafood! I think my favourite is scallops…but shrimp is also wonderful, and fish is great too–especially red snapper and salmon! I have never tried cooking with squid, but this dish makes me want to!