Inihaw na Pusit Recipe (Grilled Squid)

Finally, Summer has arrived. I decided to welcome Summer by preparing something that reminds me of what I usually do during this wonderful season; grill. There are several Summer foods that I want to feature and the first that crossed my mind is Inihaw na Pusit or “Grilled Squid” . This dish is very easy to prepare and does not take much of your time to complete.

When I was still in the Philippines, grilling has become a weekly habit. I make sure that I get the best meat or seafood in the market to grill. I also remember some fast food spots in the food court of malls selling this dish (though freshness is questionable sometimes). And yes…how could dampa in Paranaque and even the one in Sea Side in Macapagal slip my mind. They serve the best Inihaw na Pusit in their respective cities. Haven’t tried the Sugba na pusit (I’m not sure if it is called this way, maybe you can help me out)  in Cebu and some parts of Mindanao yet but a lot of people who have tried gave it two thumbs up.  Are you familiar with the “SuToKil” (Sugba, Towa, Kilaw) ? They say that its a must-try when going to Cebu and Mindanao.

How about you guys? What’s kind of meat or seafood do you love to grill?

Lets grill some Squid !

Grilled Squid

Grilled Squid Recipe


  • 1 piece large Squid
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 medium sized tomato, diced
  • 1 medium sized Spanish onion, diced
  • 3 pieces dried Thai chili
  • 1/2 piece lemon or 2 pieces calamansi
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. In a large container, combine onion and tomato
  2. Add some salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Stuff the squid with the mixed vegetables and seasonings
  4. Grill the squid for 3 to 6 minutes or until both sides are cooked.
  5. Serve hot with dip. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 2

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  1. Ephraim Rey says:

    Thank you for this sir, my family loves pusit, cause its a seafood :D

  2. Cynthia says:

    Many thanks for posting the recipe, along with the video. I was enticed to continue reading your recipe because of the yummy-looking photo of the pusit.

    I love cooking Filipino dishes and serving them to my Arabic husband. It will be my first time to grill squid and I hope that this will turn out to be a winner. Will keep you posted.

  3. jacm, kailangan nating linisan yung squid kasama yung laman sa loob pati yung skeleton nya (the one that feels like plastic). Kapag di nalinisan, makakaapekto sa lasa and smell ng iihawin nating squid.

    Thanks for visiting :)

  4. bosing di na ba tinggal ung laman-loob ng pusit…
    thanks sa share

  5. Looks great!

    I can have this kahit winter downunder!

  6. Mmm.. I love grilled pusit! Great video and now I’m craving grilled pusit, rice and a touch of bagoong!

  7. mariamalib** says:

    Picture perfect naman ang presentation mo kuya. Naglalaway talaga ako just looking at your squid photo. Magaling ka sigurong photographer unliked doon sa ibang culinary blog katulad ng pinoyco*** na nagmamagaling sa kusina at camera. Anyway my favorite grill foods ay talaba. Ewan ko ba anong meron sa talaba na parang aphrosidiac sya sa akin.

  8. natawa naman ako… there were times when I (pre-Manang Kusinera days) was making comments/questions that the replies I got sounded sooooo condescending….that was one reason why I started my own foodblog, and I swore NEVER to post as if my way is the only right way, and as if I have the BEST recipe, and as if I KNOW EVERYTHING. I swore to be as approachable as I could be…(one of the reasons also for my cybername) and to consider that each of us has our own taste preferences.

    Well, I got to try this pusit grilling method.

    Vanjo, how long is it done on each side? I have tried grilling pusit before and they turned out sooo rubbery and chewy…not at all palatable. But if cooked on the stovetop, I found out blanching for about 1 to 2 minutes was perfect (when I made pancit palabok).

  9. If this is regarding the first reply, I guess the person just expressed an opinion (though medyo kailangan ko pa rin i-censor ng kaunti).

    I grill the squid in medium heat (mas madali kapag gas grill since may control ang heat; BTW, loved your gas grill..saw it in one of your posts) for about 7 to 8 minutes per side (if the squid is big but shorter time is needed for smaller squids). Yup, it’s good to cook the squid only for a few minutes for such uses but extra time is needed if there are fillings inside like the case of our inihaw na pusit.

  10. im going to cook inihaw na pusit now but not on the carcoal it is in the oven and its quite delicious inside the pusits are tomatoes and onions…my husband love it..hummmm yummy…try will like it…

  11. The key is the heat. Put any seafood in burning hot oven and you will get the same result in taste (soft) and texture. Just cook for 5 – 10 minutes in really very hot oven setting or similar. Try it.