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Korean Calamari - Nigella Lawson

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“From "Nigella Kitchen" episode 2.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 6 baby squid, cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons shaoxing rice wine or 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang chili paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 14 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil
  • 6 baby corn or 14 lb green beans, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 large scallions, sliced


  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. Slice the calamari bodies into thin rings. Toss rings and tentacles with rice wine. After 15 minutes, remove calamari from wine.
  3. To bowl with wine, add gochujang, sugar and sesame oil. Stir well.
  4. Over medium-high heat, heat peanut oil in a heavy skillet. When it smokes, add corn (or green beans) and scallions. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Add squid and stir-fry until opaque, about 2 minutes. Add sauce and stir until piping hot, 30-60 seconds.
  5. Divide rice between two bowls. Divide squid and sauce between bowls and serve.

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