Not only did it make a fantastic sort of Thai-like salad, I can see this dish being quite versatile as well. It was very tasty hot and would be great over rice with some of the cooked-down marinade. It would also be amazing over a big bowl of crunchy greens. Just don't skip the toasted coconut as it really does make the dish.

Chef John
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine calamari, serrano pepper, Fresno pepper, lime juice, 2 tablespoons green onion, coconut milk, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, and palm sugar together in a large bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors blend, 2 to 3 hours. Pour calamari mixture into a colander set over a sink or bowl and drain, about 5 minutes. Discard liquid.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat until oil smokes. Cook and stir calamari mixture in hot oil until calamari turns white and firms, about 1 minute. Pour mixture into a large shallow serving bowl and cool to room temperature. Wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

  • Toss calamari and any accumulated juices together in the bowl. Add coconut flakes, cilantro, remaining green onion, and lime juice; stir.

Nutrition Facts

350 calories; 25.1 g total fat; 230 mg cholesterol; 556 mg sodium. 15 g carbohydrates; 17.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2016
Refreshing light dish that is surely made best by the toasted coconut. If you don't like coconut then I would skip this dish entirely unless you like strong fishy taste. When I first took this dish off the stove and took a taste the fish sauce overpowered everything. Wasn't sure how this dish was going to turn out. Being so far into preparing this dish I went ahead and added the toasted coconut cilantro and lime juice and let refrigerate I ever night. Wow what a difference a tasty light meal. I followed the directions entirely as chief printed them. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2020
Calamari didn't take on enough flavor. Very easy to overcook! Read More
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2016
Refreshing light dish that is surely made best by the toasted coconut. If you don't like coconut then I would skip this dish entirely unless you like strong fishy taste. When I first took this dish off the stove and took a taste the fish sauce overpowered everything. Wasn't sure how this dish was going to turn out. Being so far into preparing this dish I went ahead and added the toasted coconut cilantro and lime juice and let refrigerate I ever night. Wow what a difference a tasty light meal. I followed the directions entirely as chief printed them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2016
Refreshing light dish that is surely made best by the toasted coconut. If you don't like coconut then I would skip this dish entirely unless you like strong fishy taste. When I first took this dish off the stove and took a taste the fish sauce overpowered everything. Wasn't sure how this dish was going to turn out. Being so far into preparing this dish I went ahead and added the toasted coconut cilantro and lime juice and let refrigerate I ever night. Wow what a difference a tasty light meal. I followed the directions entirely as chief printed them. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2020
Calamari didn't take on enough flavor. Very easy to overcook! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2018
This is very yummy. Lots of Flavor. Thanks Chef John! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2016
Quick to do and a refreshing way to start your meal. Goes great with a glass of wine. I just love how the flavor explodes in your mouth. You must try this! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/29/2016
This was my first attempt at making calamari at home and this recipe gave me the confidence to give it a try. That said we thought this salad (which we served over shredded greens) was just not as flavorful as we thought it would be. I would have liked the juice to be thicker to coat the calamari better but it made a nice dressing for the greens. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2020
Delicious! Read More