A Deliciously Tasty Squid Soup Recipe

Squid. These delicious little mollusks have long been the subject of folklore. In both literature and old-fashioned tales. The squid has been portrayed as the monsterous sea creature in books from The Odyssey to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. Thank goodness those are all just fish stories.

These mini-octopuses have gained most of their fame from being part of some of the most mouthwatering recipes in the world. You’ll often see it fried, sautéed, in salads, pasta and straight off the grill.

If you buy squid, be careful not to pop the ink sac. That’s right, like their much larger twin, squid can shoot ink as a defense. It’s also edible and is used to color pasta and rice.

Squid is a common ingredient in Korean cooking, and often used in stews and soups. This recipe, Ojingeo – guk, is a delightfully tasty and easy to make squid soup recipe.

A Deliciously Tasty Squid Soup Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Total cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • 18 ounces of fresh squid, sliced into 3 inch strips
  • 18 ounces of radishes, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 stalks of scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped leeks
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of Korean hot pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
  • water


  1. Place all ingredients into a pot and mix well.
  2. Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil (about 15 minutes).
  3. Turn down the heat and cook for another 25 minutes until the radishes are cooked through. They will look translucent when cooked.
  4. Serve with rice.

Nutritional Information

  • calories: 199
  • fat: 3 grams
  • cholesterol: 504 milligrams
  • sodium: 86 milligrams
  • sugar: 0
  • protein: 34 grams
  • vitamin C: 12% daily value
  • iron: 6% daily value
  • calcium: 7% daily value

How Should I Store My Leftover Squid Soup?

Squid soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. As for freezing, it can be placed in the freezer and kept for up to 4 months. But it doesn’t always defrost well, as the texture of the squid may change.

However, if you follow the tips below, the chances of your soup standing the test of time in deep freeze are pretty good.

  1. Let the soup cool completely.
  2. Pour into individual airtight containers.
  3. Leave about 2 inches of space from the top, as the soup will expand.
  4. Seal tightly and label with the date.
  5. Place in a part of the freezer that will maintain a constant temperature.

What Are Some Good Sides To Squid Soup?

Squid soup is a fabulous low calorie and delectable soup. It’s usually served as a side, so if you’re looking for some more layers to your meal, here are some tasty ideas.

1. Potato Pancakes

A great finger food that’s filling too. The potato can also offset any spiciness of the soup.

2. Sautéed Garlic Spinach

A healthy and flavorful side. You can even drop it into the soup to bring more layers to the taste.

3. Rice

Whether it’s white, brown, jasmine, or black, rice is perfect with this soup. Keep it on the side or mix it with the soup. Either way, it’s a delightful choice.

4. Roasted Garlic Parmesan Zuccini

Another healthy and tasty side. It’s easy to make and will fill your belly without guilt.

5. Tomato and Onion Salad

Add a bit of the Mediterranean to your meal with this fresh and simple salad. Drizzle on the dressing of your choice.

6. Polenta

Made from cornmeal, this starchy side can be spiced up by adding garlic or onion powder or sweetened by adding honey.

7. White Wine

Maybe not an actual side. But squid is very white wine friendly. So if the spirit moves you, a nice Sauvignon blanc is sure to please.

8. Vegetable Stir Fry

A great way to use up any spare veggies you may have. Just add some soy sauce and spices and you’ll get a bowl of deliciousness.

9. Pad Thai

Pad Thai is great as a side or a main course. Filled with rice noodles, red peppers, green onion, and spices, it’s healthy and filling.

10. Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes are a great way to fill you up without adding too many calories. Just drizzle with some olive oil, some garlic powder, and pepper and your good to go.

What Are Some Other Great Squid Dishes?

Squid is a fabulous food. It’s near perfect, being low in calories, no sugar, and a meaty piquant flavor. So it’s no wonder chefs all over the world use it as a main ingredient in some of their most popular dishes.

It can be eaten on its own, as a snack, a complement to a salad, or part of a big pasta meal. Whatever your preference, here are a few squid dishes that are sure to please.

1. Spicy Squid Stir Fry

In Korea, this dish is called Ojingeo Bokkeum. The squid is surrounded by aromatic red peppers, green onions, soy sauce, and sesame.

2. Fried Calamari

A classic. This dish has many ways it can be dressed up. The most common is your basic deep fry method and a bit of marinara or cocktail sauce on the side.

3. Squid With Garlic and Lime Sauce Linguine

This Mediterranean dish is simple but flavorful with the squid as the star. Simple ingredients like olive oil, garlic, green onions, and some lime juice will make the squid shine.

4. Grilled Stuffed Squid

In the Phillipines, stuffed squid, or inihaw na pusit, keeps the whole squid in tact. It gets stuffed with green onions, Chile peppers, and rice before being flame broiled on the grill.

5. Squid Tacos

If you’re looking for a new twist on the meat taco, substitute the beef with some squid. It can be quite refreshing with some cilantro sprinkled on top. They will also be lower in calories.

6. Charred Squid Salad

Sear the squid pieces, add in some mustard greens, avacado, and top with a nice roasted garlic drizzle.

7. Rice With Squid

Also known as Arroz Con Calamares, this Spanish dish of saffron coated rice with cilantro and red bell pepper brings out the best in the squid.

Did You Know? (Some Fun Squid Facts)

  • Fishermen catch about 2.19 billion tons of squid each year.
  • Squid have been around since the Jurassic Era (over 100 million years).
  • There are over 300 species of squid.
  • Squid are the fastest swimming of all the invertebrates in the sea. They can move at 25 miles per hour.
  • Squids can camouflage themselves by changing color.

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