Calamari, garlic and chilli stir-fry

This easy dish is a life saver when your time is limited. To ring the changes, replace the calamari with strips of chicken.
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Recipe from: 21 July 2015
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 8 min


  • 3
    red chillies
  • 6
    garlic, unpeeled
  • oil for frying
  • 800
    calamari (use calamari tubes or steaks – cut the steaks into strips)
  • 45
    fish sauce
  • 30
  • 7,5
    brown sugar
  • 500
    baby spinach
  • 2
    ripe tomatoes, cut into eights
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 30
    coriander leaves, chopped
Servings: Change Serving



Slice the chillies lengthwise along one side to open, but keep them whole. With the palm of your hand, press down on the flat side of the blade of a carving knife to open the garlic cloves. Heat the oil in a wok and stir-fry the chillies and garlic for about 1 minute.

Add the calamari and quickly stir-fry over high heat for a minute or two (the calamari will curl up and turn white). Stir in the fish sauce, vinegar and sugar.

Add the spinach and tomatoes and stir-fry until the spinach is just softened. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with fluffy basmati rice.

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