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How to Cook and Prepare an Octopus

How to Cook

Octopus Vulgaris, better known as simply Octopus is one of the sea creatures’ foodies worldwide are most fond of eating. Here we will explain and demonstrate the simplest and easiest way to clean and cook an Octopus


– How can we distinguish between a fresh and frozen Octopus? Firstly, fresh Octopus has a much whiter skin. However, frozen Octopus is more widely used because it becomes tenderer when cooked since freezing helps soften the flesh. A frozen Octopus is often more preferable to a fresh one as it retains its freshness and flavor profile better and is more readily available in a variety of packs and formats to suit consumers and foodservice operators alike.

– Secondly, apart from tenderness, what else differentiates a thawed out Octopus from a fresh one? The flavour and aroma of a fresh octopus will obviously be more pronounced.

– Thirdly, if you have purchased a fresh Octopus from a Fishmonger, you will probably need to clean it well, tentacle by tentacle, to remove any residue as well as the body to remove the beak, the innards and the eyes thoroughly.

-Your Octopus is now ready to go into the pot. If the recipe you have in mind entails cutting the Octopus into pieces, it is advisable to do so only once it is cooked. The pictures below illustrate the steps to prepare an Octopus for cooking.

-Drop the Octopus into a saucepan with a mixture of boiling water, aromatics and Red Wine Vinegar. Bring to a boil, simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes depending on the size or until tender. (you’ll know it is ready when you can pierce it with a fork or knife). Let the Octopus cool on a plate or rack another 30 minutes to come down to temperature then remove and grill for 5-10 minutes to finish.

A quick way of serving cooked Octopus? Immediately after grilling, cut the legs into small pieces, marinate with your favorite vinaigrette and combine with chopped onion, capers, parsley, celery, seasonings and a squeeze of lemon to make a delicious appetizer or main dish.
Serve with a salad and enjoy!

and Prepare an Octopus