Squid and Okra Stir Fry

Squid and Okra Stir Fry is a simple stir fried dish made out of curry powder seasoned squid and okra, perfect with freshly steamed rice.

The first time I saw this dish in Malaysia I thought it was not a good at all but one day I run out of choices and exhausted every Malaysian dish that I liked so I tried this one, surprisingly it was so good. I know the restaurant owner so I asked him what’s the ingredients which also surprised me as it only contains 5 key ingredients which are squid, okra, curry powder, onion and garlic. Since then this is a part of the family menu which we prepare for once in a while.

I’m not sure though if this is a pure Malaysian dish as I had seen a hard-core version of this dish which is called Squid and Okra in Sambal, which is a very spicy and hot dish. I guess this dish is prepared for foreigners in Malaysia who are not used to their spicy counterpart.

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Squid and Okra Stir Fry

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2-3 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Malaysian


Squid and Okra Stir Fry is a simple stir fried dish made out of curry powder seasoned squid and okra, perfect with freshly steamed rice.


Units Scale
  • 3 pcs squid, sliced into rings
  • 300 g okra
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • oil
  • salt
  • water


  1. In a pan, heat oil and sauté garlic and onions.
  2. Add curry powder and okra, stir fry for 3-5 minutes until okra is half cooked.
  3. Add the squid and stir-fry for additional 2 minutes in a very high heat.
  4. Add a small amount of water to give moisture, simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Season with salt.


11 Responses

  1. Kristy says:

    What a great way to use okra. And while I don’t think I could handle it served in sambal, a touch might be very good.

  2. we used to called this lady okra and cooked in a heavy curry…
    stir fry sound preety good

  3. I’m sure I’m going love the flavor of this dish with curry. Looks really delicious.

  4. I’ve never been a huge okra fan but I have to say this dish may actually be changing my mind 🙂

  5. I like okra but don’t see it in a lot of dishes. This looks exceptional! Good stuff – thanks.

  6. Dear Raymund

    I believe there are different versions of this dish in Malaysia and a more popular one might be cooked with tamarind like an assam curry.

  7. My wife would absolutely love this.

  8. I’d eat this in a heartbeat! Yum!

  9. Charles says:

    I still can’t believe there’s people in the world who hate okra… what the heck? That stuff’s delicious! I bet it’s great in this dish, all mixed up with the squid there, nice!

  10. So simple ! I have to say that i loooove the squid and okra in sambal – it’s so fiery hot and delicious. But this recipe is so dead simple !

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