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Octopus 3 Ways


Who doesn’t love a bit of octopus?

With this recipe, you can probably cook octopus even if you haven’t cooked anything in your entire life. And you can do it in 3 different ways.

Cooked in its own juices, it maintains its tenderness and flavour.

Also, contrary to boiling it, your kitchen won’t smell like seafood!


Octopus 3 ways

Delicious octopus cooked in its own juices and finished in 3 different ways
Whole cooked octopus served on a fish-shaped plate, garnished with fresh oregano and olive oil
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 3 starters


For the 1st stage cooking

  • 1 kg octopus
  • 1 tbsp black pepper corns
  • 4 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp dried oregano


Preparing the octopus

  • Rinse the octopus thoroughly under cold water. Make sure you do rinse each tentacle individually and clean all the suckers.
  • Lay the octopus on a chopping board.
  • Cut just above the eyes to separate the head.
  • Turn the head inside out and remove all the interiors.
  • On the part with tentacles, cut just below the eyes. Throw away the part with the eyes.
  • Spread the tentacles and remove the beak.
  • Rinse everything under cold water.

1st stage cooking

  • Preheat your oven at 180°c.
  • Put your octopus in an oven dish.
  • Add in the olive oil, cider vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns and oregano.
  • Cover with aluminum foil.
  • Cook for 45 minutes.
    TIP: Adjust this time to the weight of your octopus. This recipe is for a whole 1kg octopus. If your octopus is smaller it will need less time to cook.
  • The octopus is fully edible at this stage, but you can inject some more flavour with the three methods below.

A - Grilled octopus

  • Separate the tentacles.
  • Grill for 2-3 minutes over high heat on a well heated griddle pan or, even better, on your barbecue.
  • Don't forget: The octopus is already cooked. We are just giving it some colour and flavour.

B - Deep fried octopus

  • Fill a pan with enough oil to cover your octopus at least half way.
  • Heat to 180˚c.
  • Fry the octopus for 30secs to 1 minute.
  • Remember: The octopus is already cooked. We are just giving it some colour and flavour.

C - Marinated octopus

  • Cut your octopus into bites and place in a glass jar.
  • Add a branch of fresh thyme or oregano.
  • Fill the jar with vinegar and extra virgin olive oil (50:50 ratio)
  • Store in the fridge.
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