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 Replies to “Sauteed squid, leeks, and tomatoes”

  1. 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. 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! 😀

  3. 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). 🙂

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

  5. 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!

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