Sambal goreng cumi - Fried dried squid

Cooking time: 10 min. / 8 min.Difficulty: easy


I have always thought, that dried meat is a way of its conservation and that it is eaten as it is, meaning dried. In Indonesia I found out, that it is consumed usually cooked. They simply use it like any other fresh meat. They dry usually various kinds of fish and seafood like squid or octopus.


Rinse squid and put into water for about 3 minutes. Dry, slice on tiny slices. Heat up oil in a wok and fry octopus for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Crush shallots, garlic and chilies in a mortar into a paste together with MSG. Fry shortly in a wok on a bit of oil on a high heat about 1 minute.

Add squid into the wok with the paste. Fry 2 more minutes on a mild heat. 

Salt to taste if necessary. Usually dried sea food is salty enough on its own.

Serve with rice and some vegetable Indonesian dish.


To buy dried squid US, UK, Europe, Indonesian mortar cobek US, rice cooker USUK, Europe, wok USUK, Europe


Dried squid sold on traditional market on Lombok island Indonesia


For 4 portions:

  • 4 dried squids
  • 4 shallots
  • 1-2 garlic cloves 
  • 10 dried or fresh red chilies (the Indonesian ones which are not so spicy; if it is from Thailand or Vietnam, one is more than enough)
  • 1/2 tsp MSG (optional)
  • salt
  • oil 

Side dish:

  • rice 

Authentic tools needed:

  • wok
  • rice cooker
  • Dried squid vendor on traditional market on Lombok island, Indonesia - by Authentic World Food
  • Separating the grain from the chaff of rice on Lombok island, Indonesia - by Authentic World Food
  • Octopus drying on Lombok island, Indonesia - by Authentic World Food