Inihaw na Rellenong Pusit (Grilled Stuffed Squid)

Inihaw na Rellenong Pusit (Grilled Stuffed Squid), one of the most popular summer dishes in the Philippines, it is made out of squid stuffed with onions and tomatoes grilled in charchoal

One thing I missed about Philippines are the grilled dishes where it is enjoyed almost the whole year round. Popular meats used for grilling are pork, chicken, fish, mussels and squid this is then served with rice alongside green mango salad, grilled eggplant salad, salted duck egg salad or anything similar on banana leaf without utensils.

Usually these dishes best are enjoyed with friends and family during summer time on a beach freshly grilled. You had read it right Filipinos do grill their own food on the beach while on a family outing, while this is not a common sight in touristy beaches like Boracay, if you visit other beaches like in La Union, Batangas, Pangasinan or Zambales then you will know what I am talking about. You will see families rent their own open cottage with large table in the middle where lots of packed food is served, similar to the Western picnic. That’s not it, while they may have lots of packed lunch we still look for something to grill usually seafood brought from fishermen who just freshly caught them, a little bit of salt and pepper with onion and tomatoes is all it takes. Like this simple grilled stuffed squid, exactly done the same way we do it in the Philippines where we stuff them with chopped tomatoes and onions then grilled on a hot charcoal basted with lemon and soy sauce.

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Inihaw na Rellenong Pusit (Grilled Stuffed Squid)

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Inihaw na Rellenong Pusit (Grilled Stuffed Squid), one of the most popular summer dishes in the Philippines, it is made out of squid stuffed with onions and tomatoes grilled in charchoal


  • 2 pcs large squid, cleaned
  • 4 pcs medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 pcs medium size onions, chopped
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • salt
  • 2 pcs birds eye chillies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced


  1. In a large container combine lemon juice, soy sauce and freshly ground black pepper. Add the squid and let it marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine together tomatoes, onions and fish sauce.
  3. Remove squid from the marinade, reserve the marinade then stuff the tomato and onion mixture inside the cavity of the squid, secure ends with a toothpick.
  4. Combine reserved marinade with 1/4 cup of melted butter.
  5. Prepare a charcoal grill then one it hot grill the squid, baste it continuously with the butter marinade mixture and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until squid is cooked. Do not overcook otherwise it will be tough.
  6. Combine and mix together birds eye chillies, soy sauce, lemon, freshly ground black pepper, red onion and garlic on a small bowl.
  7. Place squid on a serving plate, slice crosswise and serve it with the dipping sauce.


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10 Responses

  1. This looks really, really good! I love squid!

  2. Those squid tubes look so tender and delicious. I happen to love fresh squid, but rarely eat it stuffed. As we move into serious squid fishing weather, I know I’ve got to try this.

  3. best way to enjoy fresh squid

  4. kitchenriffs says:

    There is nothing better than grilled seafood that is just hours (or minutes!) from the water. Great dish — looks so nice, and the flavor sounds wonderful. Thanks.

  5. Juliana says:

    These squids look delicious Raymund…I wish my husband would eat squid…
    Thanks for the recipe…hope you are having a great week 😀

  6. Wow!! I know you said that are traditionally cooked in summer but I can’t wait even a week. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  7. Love the version from the Philippines with it grilled and stuffed. The last time I had stuffed squid was in Italy and it was amazing. Have a super week!

  8. mjskit says:

    WOW! What an awesome dish! Wish I could find some squid because I’d be making this is a second. Thanks Raymund.

  9. balitaste says:

    Great recipe. I love squid, very sad that I don’t have a grill at the moment. Maybe I have to buy one…:)

  10. I can totally imagine how much you miss food in the Philippines! Japan has its own version of grilled stuffed squid, and I miss it very much. I can barely find squid here in local supermarkets here. I don’t think anyone is buying. LOL. It’s so delicious!!

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