Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid)

I know, I know. I’ve been on a seafood kick lately, what with three shrimp recipes posted in succession. It’s just that I am a fish and seafood kind of gal, consuming them more frequently than meat and poultry. I do enjoy the occasional BBQ pork on a stick but I am happiest with inihaw na pusit on the grill.

Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid)

Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid)
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Yield: 4 Servings
  • 2 jumbo squid (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Marinade
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 thumb size ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 to 3 Thai chili peppers, minced
  1. Hold the tail tube portion of the squid and with fingers, grasp the cuttle bone (the thin, clear cartillage inside the tube) and pull from the squid's body. Remove black ink, wash and drain well.
  2. In a bowl, combine tomatoes and onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a bowl, place prepared squid and add marinade. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. Drain squid, reserving liquid. In a sauce pan, boil remaining marinade for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Divide tomato-onion mixture and stuff each of the squid. Grill squid over hot coals for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, regularly basting with marinade.
For the Marinade
  1. In a bowl, combine honey, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt and chili peppers. Stir together until sugar and salt are dissolved.

Inihaw na Pusit



  1. George says

    Hi Lalaine
    I just ran across your website 2day & i see lot’s-O-Good Stuff!!
    I’m going to try the grilled squid this afternoon for dinner, but i’m adding Navel Oranges, Cilantro & apples to the onions & tomatoes for the stuffing
    I”m eye-balling the chicken liver dish U have on the site as well

    Anyway, just a quick hello from Orlando & I look fwrd to using your site a bunch!


  2. says

    Hello, I am trying to master filipino cooking as I have been craving them. However, I’ve got one question, will the thai chili peppers make the squid spicy? If so, could I just omit it or does it add a key flavor to the marinade? I am just not a fan of spicy food, even if it is just a little spicy. Thanks!

    • says

      Hello Joshua

      I like a bit of spicy in my food so the addition of chili peppers do improve flavors for me but that does not mean the inihaw na pusit will be less enjoyable without them :) Please feel free to omit the chili peppers if you like. Happy cooking/grilling!

  3. julie says

    i love squid,i always cook the squid adobo and buy the stuffed one.Now that i have the recipe i’ll make it .
    By the way i use Desktop.thanks.

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