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Shrimp and Calamari with Satay

Shrimp and Calamari with Satay

Shrimp and Calamari with Satay

In search of a culinary escape, it is sometimes good to let your palate travel to exotic lands. Today, we’re taking you to Cambodia with a recipe that celebrates the treasures of the sea and the spicy, rich flavors of Southeast Asia: shrimp and squid with satay.
Cambodia, a country with a rich and varied gastronomic heritage, is often overshadowed by its more publicized neighbors. However, its cuisine offers an explosion of flavors and aromas that deserve our full attention. Prawns and squid with satay are a perfect example. This simple, yet exquisite recipe highlights the fresh ingredients and quick, flavorful cooking techniques that characterize Cambodian cuisine.
The marriage of seafood and satay, a spicy paste made from peanuts and spices, creates a symphony of taste that awakens the senses. Shrimp and squid, with their delicate texture and subtle taste, pair perfectly with the richness and complexity of satay. Add in the crunch of onions, the tangy heat of ginger, and the deep umami of shiitake mushrooms, and you have a dish that’s both refined and comforting.
Preparing this dish begins with cleaning the seafood and rehydrating the shiitake mushrooms, an essential step to release their woody aroma. The garlic and onion are then gently browned in the oil, creating an aromatic base which is enriched by the addition of fresh ginger. Sweet soy sauce, a mainstay of many Asian cuisines, provides a sweetness balanced by the spicy note of satay. Finally, the shrimp and squid are sautéed quickly, retaining their tenderness and absorbing the rich flavors of the sauce.
This dish, served with rice to absorb the delicious sauce, is crowned with a touch of fresh chives, adding a herbaceous note and a beautiful green color to the final picture. It is an invitation to discover another facet of Cambodian cuisine, a facet which combines simplicity and refinement, tradition and innovation.
While tasting this dish, one can’t help but dream of Phnom Penh’s bustling markets, colorful fish and vegetable stalls, and the welcoming warmth of Cambodian cuisines. Prawns and squid with satay are not just a meal, they are a door to a world of flavors and discoveries.
So, let yourself be tempted by this culinary adventure and bring a touch of exoticism and Cambodian authenticity to your table. You will see, your taste buds will thank you for this delicious journey.

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • number of persons4


  • 200 g shrimp
  • 200 g of squid
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 piece of ginger (about 2 cm)
  • 1 teaspoon satay
  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • 20 g shiitake mushrooms
  • Oil (sesame or other)
  • Chives (to garnish)
  • Rice (to accompany)


Preparing the mango sauce


Shell the shrimp and clean the squid. Cut the squid into slices.


Rehydrate the shiitake mushrooms in hot water for a few minutes, then cut them into pieces.


Finely slice the onion.


Chop the garlic and ginger.


Heat a little oil in a wok over medium heat.


Add the chopped garlic and onion. Fry until lightly browned.


Add the chopped ginger and continue cooking for a minute.


Pour the sweet soy sauce into the wok and mix well.


Add two tablespoons of water and the teaspoon of satay. Mix carefully to dilute the satay in the sauce.


Add the shrimp and squid. Saute for a few minutes until the seafood is cooked through.


Add the rehydrated shiitake mushrooms and mix well.


Sprinkle with finely chopped chives.


Serve immediately with rice.

Shrimp and Calamari with SatayAnd there you have it, your delicious satay shrimp and squid dish is ready to be enjoyed! This recipe, straight from the captivating lands of Cambodia, is a true festival of flavors and textures.
We hope that this culinary journey has brought you as much cooking pleasure as it will bring to your guests during the tasting. The balanced flavors of satay, the umami of shiitake mushrooms, and the freshness of seafood combine to deliver an unforgettable taste experience.
Do not hesitate to accompany this dish with fragrant rice, which will enhance the rich and spicy sauce. You can also add a personal touch by varying the vegetables or adjusting the spices according to your preferences.
This recipe is perfect for a friendly evening with friends or a family dinner. It is also an excellent introduction to Cambodian cuisine for those who wish to explore new culinary horizons.
Bon appetit and enjoy your gastronomic journey! We’d love to hear your thoughts and how you customized this recipe. See you soon for new culinary discoveries!

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