Lettuce Wrap Squid TwiGim

SangChu TwiGim, 상추 튀김

Today, I want to share a special recipe from my hometown, Gwangju, in Korea. This is unique enough to call a regional food. It is deep fried squid wrapped with lettuce, called “sangchu twigim” in Korean. We have many different kinds deep fried food in Korean cuisine. So why is this dish so special? It is special because of the way of eating it. We wrap the deep fried squid with lettuce and use a special dipping sauce. Once you try it, you will be surprised with the great flavor combination from everything. Try it someday.

Yield: 2 Servings

Short Korean Lesson

  • YakSa (약사) = Pharmacist
  • YakGuk (약국) =Pharmacy

Video Instructions

Main Ingredients

  • 1 Head Green Leaf Lettuce
  • 1 Generous Cup Squid (10 oz) (¼ Cup Frying Mix)
  • ½ Cup Frying Mix
  • ⅓ Cup Cold Water

Dipping Sauce Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Onion
  • ½ Tbsp Green Hot Pepper (Optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Sesame Seeds



Obtain about 10 oz of fresh squid. Wash them good and then dry them off. If it’s frozen, thaw them first. Cut it into 2 x ½ inch strips. You will get about 1 generous cup.


Cut ½ cup worth of an onion into ½-inch cubes and cut ½ Tbsp worth of green hot pepper into small pieces. If you can not eat spicy food, you can skip the hot pepper.


Mix all the ingredients for the dipping sauce, except the vegetables: 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 2 Tbsp water, 2 tsp sugar, ½ tsp vinegar, and ½ tsp sesame seeds. Stir it until the sugar dissolves.


Add the chopped onion and hot pepper to the sauce. Mix it again. Chill it in the refrigerator while you are preparing the other ingredients. For an even more flavorful sauce, you can make it one day ahead.


Mix ½ cup of frying mix and ⅓ cup of cold water in a mixing bowl. Sempio’s frying mix is made with premium grade wheat and ready–mixed seasonings containing onions, garlic, and pepper powder. This can be used either as a liquid batter or as a dry coating for your favorite foods. It has no preservatives or bleaches. Just mix this frying mix with water and you will get great flavor and very crispy deep fried food.


Add the squid and ¼ cup of frying mix (or flour) in a zipper bag. Shake it well so the squid is covered with the flour evenly. The flour will help the squid stick to the batter later.


Next, put the squid in the batter. Mix everything well.


If you do not have any frying mix on hand, you can try my other method for making crispy deep fried foods using cornstarch. Please check out my recipe “chili shrimp” for that technique.


Preheat the cooking oil on medium high or 350 F. Add the squid to the oil.


Fry the squid in preheated oil for about 8 minutes, or until golden brown.


Take out the squid from the oil and put the pieces on a paper towel to soak up some of the grease. These pieces are now very crunchy and delicious.


This is how you eat the deep fried squid. :) Place one leaf of lettuce on your hand. Then put one piece of fried squid and some of the dipping sauce on it.


Wrap the squid with the lettuce into a ball and eat it.


You can use different kinds of meat or vegetables instead of squid. Once you try it, you will love it. I highly recommend it. :)


  1. yesol says

    I’m also a follower of your blog. I have tried making many of the dishes you showed here.
    시금치 has become my favorite vegetable after i tried making 시금치 나물…
    and I’ve also tried making the many kinds of 전 you showed how to make,
    I love squid so I’m definitely going to try making this one..

    I’m sorry but my question isn’t about your cooking.
    I wonder about your son Bryson… can he speak English and Korean at the same time?
    I thought at a young age it would be hard to learn 2 languages at the same time.
    Is it easy?
    I’m just curious.. kkkk ^^
    Thanks for always showing how to make Korean dishes… you make them look so simple to make
    and your instructions are easy to follow.
    God Bless you and your family!!!!

    • says

      hi yesol,
      His main language is English.. but recently.. slowly he is showing more interest in Korean language too..and his Korean is improving a lot too. :) Still he feels more comfortable to speak in English though.. it seems like.. it’s easier for little ones to learn 2 languages at the same time than adult learn their second language …
      Hope this help for your curiosity a little.. hehe.. Thanks ^^

  2. Sadiya says

    This looks and sounds great, but I don’t want to use squid…would shrimp taste good instead?
    I really love your blog, it has really great recipes in very simple and easy to understand format. Thank you so much. ^-^

    • says

      hi Sadiya,
      Yes, you can use shrimp..chicken… beef.. tofu.. pork.. other seafood.. or vegetables.. :) any kind of deep fried food will taste great for this wrapping. :) Thanks

  3. says

    Hey Aeri,
    I’m a silent follower of your blog and have replicate a lot of your dishes. One of my favourite is your simple tuna and kimchi rice in a bowl. Thank you for all those simple and tasty recipes.
    I’m just wondering, do you come from the same hometown like Song Jiah’s mom from Appa Odiga?
    Because in one of the episode, she also cooked deep fried squid and wrapped in a lettuce leaves.
    It sounds and looks so tasty, would love to have a bite of it. It just I don’t like deep frying and I can only drool on my screen.

    • says

      hi Mel,
      I’m so happy to hear from you.. especially you said.. you are a silent follower.. hehe
      I don’t know where she is from.. so I don’t know if she is from the same hometown with me. ^^
      anyway.. if you do not like deep frying food.. you can use baked food for this wrapping.. thanks hope to hear from you often. 😉

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *