Recipe Stir-fried Sweet Corn and Salted Squid

Stir-fried sweet corn and salted squid is a famous Indonesian dish known for its savory-sweet flavor combination. This dish is comforting, satisfying, and made with tender salted squid and sweet corn kernels. Here's how you can make it at home:


  • 300 grams salted squid (cumi asin), cleaned and sliced
  • 2 cups sweet corn kernels
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 red chillies, sliced (adjust according to spice preference)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil


  1. Heat cooking oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add minced garlic and shallots, sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add sliced red chillies and diced tomatoes, and cook until tomatoes are soft.
  4. Add sliced salted squid to the pan and stir-fry until the squid turns opaque.
  5. Pour in sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. Mix well.
  6. Add sweet corn kernels to the pan and stir to combine with the other ingredients.
  7. Cook for another 5-7 minutes until everything is heated and well combined.
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt if necessary.
  9. Once cooked, remove from heat and transfer to a serving plate.


  • Serve Stir-fried sweet corn and salted squid hot with steamed rice.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for extra flavour and presentation.


  • Be careful with the salt, as the salted squid already contains a significant amount.
  • For added texture and flavour, you can add other vegetables, such as bell peppers or green beans.
  • Adjust the spiciness by adding more or fewer red chillies according to your preference.
  • Ensure not to overcook the squid to maintain its tender texture.


  • Substitute salted squid with fresh squid or shrimp if salted squid is unavailable.
  • For a vegetarian version, omit the squid and use tofu or mushrooms.
  • Experiment with different vegetables like carrots, peas, or spinach to customise the dish to your liking.


The calorie content of Stir-fried sweet corn and salted squid can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and portion sizes. On average, one serving may contain approximately 250-300 calories.


Stir-fried sweet corn and salted squid is a delightful Indonesian dish that perfectly balances the flavours of salted squid and sweet corn. It's an excellent dish for lunch or dinner with simple ingredients and easy preparation. Whether you stick to the traditional recipe or add a twist, this dish will impress your taste buds with its deliciousness.


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