Stir Fried Squid with Red Curry Paste and Snake Beans

Today’s recipe of Thai squid with red curry paste (Pla Muek Pad Prik Gaeng) is quick and easy to make. There is no need for special skills or lots of equipment. 

squid with red curry

Cleaning squid might be a little messy, but it is really easy and shouldn’t stop you from preparing this delicious dish. If your fishmonger doesn’t have squid or you prefer not to clean, it is fine to use frozen squid for this recipe. Just make sure to thaw correctly before cooking. 

Squid itself doesn’t have a lot of flavour, but the addition of the red curry paste adds taste, and the crunchy snake beans add extra texture and balance perfectly with the soft squid.

How to avoid rubbery squid

Squid is only tough and rubbery when overcooked and this recipe only requires only a short cooking time over a high heat.  If a recipe specifies a longer cooking time, then it should be cooked over a low heat. In this recipe the squid tubes are scored and quickly cooked and stirred for 30 seconds. The pieces will ‘roll up’ and the translucent colour will become white meaning it is cooked! 

squid with red curry

Stir Fried Squid with Red Curry Paste

Thai squid with red curry paste is quick and easy to make. There is no need for special skills or lots of equipment.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Course Fish & Seafood
Cuisine Thai
Servings 2 people
Calories 335 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


For the seasoning

For the garnish


  • Wash and clean the squid. Score the squid tubes and cut them into bite sized portions.
    scoring squid
  • Combine all ingredients for the seasoning in a bowl.
    making sauce
  • Heat some cooking oil in a wok over a high heat. Quick stir fry the Thai red curry paste for about 20 seconds until fragrant.
    stir-frying curry paste
  • Add the squid and sauté for 30 seconds.
    stir frying squid
  • Add the seasoning mix and stir well.
    adding sauce to stir fried squid
  • Add the snake beans, chillies, and the kaffir lime leaves, and stir fried for 5-6 minutes.
    squid with red curry
  • Season to taste, add the garnish, and serve.
    squid with red curry

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 49gFat: 5gCholesterol: 699mgSodium: 862mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2022IUVitamin C: 58mgCalcium: 145mgIron: 3mg
Keyword curry, red curry, snake beans, squid, stir fried
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  1. This looks delicious! I haven’t tried something like this but I’m going to now.

    1. Let us know what how it goes! Bon appétit.

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