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Squid spaghetti with Ishiri sauce.

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

Spaghetti with squid rings and musrooms cooked in ishiri sauce with a garnish of cress served on a white Villery and Boch plate by kurumicooks delicious healthy easy to make Japanese Asian and Fusion cooking for your kitchen

Here's a recipe I've made using my new kitchen friend, Ishiri sauce (if you haven't done so already, you can check it out on Youtube at Interesting Japanese Foods) or just do a search for the blog post.

Basically, Ishiri sauce is made of (ok, prepare yourself) squid intestines and salt which are fermented together and matured for 2 - 3 years to produce a dark, salty sauce. If you think of Thailand's "nam pla" but super concentrated, you'll get the idea of what Ishiri sauce is like. It's used very sparingly, mostly in fish dishes, to create what the Japanese call "kakushi aji" or hidden flavour.

Health-wise, although Ishiri sauce has high levels of salt, it also contains high levels of natural amino acids and antioxidants so it is generally considered to be a healthy, natural food flavouring. In the recipe above, I've used it to add an umami boost to my squid spaghetti recipe. Personally, I love this flavour and I hope you do too!

You can find the Youtube tutorial by clicking heSquid spaghetti with Ishiri sauce or by scrolling to the bottom of the page. The written recipe is just below.

Happy cooking! Kurumi XXXX.

You might also want to take a look at another recipe Pan fried Cod with Ishiri sauce for more Ishiri inspiration!


Squid spaghetti with Ishiri sauce


(makes 2 servings)

1/2 medium size peeled onion

2 large mushrooms, stalks removed

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

150g squid rings

150g spaghetti

30g salted butter

1 tbsp ishiri sauce


how to:

slice the onion, mushrooms & garlic thinly

cook the spaghetti in the boiling water for 10 mins or according to the packet

heat the oil in a frying pan and saute the garlic for 30 seconds

add the onion and saute for 1 minute

add the mushrooms and saute for 1-2 mins

add the butter, then the squid and stir for 2-3 mins

add the ishiri sauce & stir another 30 seconds

add the cooked spaghetti and mix well

your dish is now ready to plate up and serve. drizzle any sauce that remains in the pan over the spaghetti once its on the plate


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