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Grilled Stuffed Squid (Inihaw na Pusit)

A popular Filipino appetizer, also known as Inihaw na Pusit that is grilled or cooked in a cast iron.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 19 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 174kcal


  • 5 huge squid cleaned with or without the head & tentacles

Squid Marinate

  • 2 thumbs ginger minced
  • 1 head garlic minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 lemon squeeze the juice (this ingredient is optional)

Squid Stuffing

  • 4 large tomato chopped into small cubes
  • 4 thumbs ginger minced
  • 2 garlic heads minced
  • 1 ½ large red onion optional
  • 2 serrano peppers seeded & minced (if you don’t like spicy this is optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Spicy Vinegar Dip

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 Thai chili peppers whole or minced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Clean the inside and outside of the squid. Remove the head and tentacles if desired and grill it separately.
  • Combine ginger, garlic, olive oil, salt and garlic powder and marinate squid for an hour or longer in the fridge. If you like it lemony, then add the lemon juice but this is an optional ingredient.
  • Prepare the stuffing. Combine the chopped tomatoes, minced ginger and garlic. Add chopped red onion if desired but optional. Season with salt, garlic powder and ground black pepper. Mix all the ingredients and set aside.
  • Divide the stuffing evenly among the squid. Note: Some people might prefer it not spicy so it is best to divide the stuffing in half with and without the minced serrano peppers.
  • Drain and reserve the squid marinate to use for basting.
  • Stuff the squid.
  • Secure the top of the squid with toothpick to prevent the stuffing from coming out.
  • Heat the grill and place squid cooking each side for about 3 – 5 minutes and basting it with the squid marinate.
  • Note: It is also flavorful if cooked in a lightly greased cast iron.
  • Make sure not to overcook squid. It should be tender and juicy instead of rubbery.
  • Serve hot with spicy vinegar dip. Enjoy!


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1344mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 50.6mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.1mg