Thai Squid Recipe | Deep Fried Squid (Bpla Meuk Tod Gratiam)

Deep Fried Squid with Garlic in Thai, Pla Muk Tod Gratiam


1 cup fresh squids (clean and cut it thick in circle pieces)
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 cups vegetable oil
1/2 cup crushed garlic
2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
Sliced tomato, cucumber, lettuce as much as you want
1 small cup of hot sauce


Cooking Instructions:

1. Drop the squid into a bowl of tapioca flour when it’s still wet.

2. Deep fry the squids in hot oil until it turns gold and crunchy. Remove from the pan and leave it drain.

3. In a different pan, add 1 tbsp. oil and garlic. Fry the garlic until it turns yellow.

4. After that, add fried squids, pepper, salt, sugar and stir quickly.

5. Turn off the fire. Serve it with sliced tomato, cucumber, lettuce as much as you want. Don’t forget hot sauce or sweet plum sauce for the children. 🙂

I love to eat squids! 🙂 My husband knew that the best. When I saw fresh squids with clear and hard skin by the beach market, my eyes get big. Yummy! I have to eat more squids tomorrow!


Note from Vern

Oh my yes, this is a fact. When we go to the Korean BBQ – where we can fry the food on a grill type surface right at our table, she covers her side with squid. She grills it, and there is another part of the pan that lets you heat it in the broth – she covers her side with squid in there too. It’s no exaggeration to say that she has a good 10 ounces of squid when we visit those places. It’s a wonder they make any money off us. It’s all you can eat for just 3 dollars 5-dollars (price went up!) a person. She eats all hers in Squid. I eat most of my five dollars in the ice-cream after I eat a lot of vegetables and chicken. Thailand is so great for incredible food!

Sawasdee Ka - Joy

6 thoughts on “Thai Squid Recipe | Deep Fried Squid (Bpla Meuk Tod Gratiam)”

  1. Hi Joy, I was in Chiang Mai recently and I had some crunchy and crispy fried squid from the night market. They were a little spicy. They don’t look like calamari style but brownish in color and not cut in rings. They are like snack food or could be eaten when people are drinking beer. Would you have the recipe for this? It was so good. Thank you.

  2. Hi Joy, thank you but this is not the squid recipe I am looking for. As I mentioned before, it is not the calamari that is golden in color when it is cooked. They are brownish in color and not cut in circles. I think these are small squid which are either fried or sauteed in soy sauce, a little bit of sugar and little bit of chili etc. The calamari dish is very common here too but not what I am looking for. The first time I’ve tasted this snack is from the Walking Street market in Chiang Mai sold by vendors that were selling the fried insects and bugs.

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