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Cumi Bakar Saus Padang: Grilled Squid in Padang Sauce

Cumi Bakar Saus Padang: Grilled Squid in Padang Sauce

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Fish & Seafood
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


Cumi bakar saus Padang is a popular dish in seafood restaurants all over Indonesia. Here, fresh squid is marinated in a cooked spice paste of coconut milk, lemongrass and numerous other herbs, and then grilled.


  • 500 gr squid
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 big red chillies, chopped
  • 5 bird’s eye chillies
  • 6 shallots, peeled, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 2 cm ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 cm galangal, chopped
  • 1 salam leaf, shredded
  • 1 lemongrass, use only the white part, chopped
  • 2 lime leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp white pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 65 ml instant coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp cooking oil


  1. Clean and wash the squid thoroughly. Remove the bone, the thin skin membranes and ink sack.
  2. Lay the squid flat on the chopping board and slice the top side of the squid, leaving the bottom side intact.
  3. Put the squid in a bowl and sprinkle it with the lemon juice and salt. Set aside.

    sprinkle it with the lemon juice and salt

  4. Using a food processor, blend into a fine paste: big red chilies, bird’s eye chilies, shallots, garlic, ginger, coriander, galangal, salam leaf, lime leaves and lemongrass.

  5. Using a wok or a saucepan, heat the cooking oil over medium high heat and sauté the spice paste, white pepper powder and salt until fragrant, around 4 minutes.

  6. Add the coconut milk, stir and continue cooking until the moisture is reduced, around 4 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat.sauté the spice paste
  8. Wash the squid thoroughly and pat dry.
  9. Mix the squid in the spice mixture.
  10. Grill the squid for around 4 minutes each side until done.

    Grill the squid

  11. Serve immediately.

    Serve the cumi bakar saus padang


  • The number of chillies given in this recipe is just for guidance, and will result in a medium level of spiciness by Indonesian standards. Feel free to adjust the amount of chillies according to your preference. 

Keywords: Coconut, corainder, chilies, spicy, lemongrass