Lots of great things have been happening the past four/five days so the week is off to a great start and that includes this delicious spring salad I made over the weekend.

 

In the effort to focus more on seafood, I trolled the fish markets on Saturday, eventually settling on octopus because it’s such a fascinating item to cook. Like it’s both creepy and intriguing.

It’s too bad the monger I bought it from wasn’t as captivating.

 

He was rude and loud and aggressive.

When he handed over my octopus he leered openly at me and said how about I come see him after work.
I said why should I when he was walking around with the kind of hair on his chest a chimp might envy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Octopus Salad

 

1 handful Cilantro
1 small Yellow Pepper
1 lemon
1 med Potato (peeled and chopped into small cubes)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Red Pepper Flakes
Salt
Pepper

1 med size Octopus (about 3 lbs)
Olive Oil
3 Bay Leaves
3-4 pieces fresh Garlic
Salt
Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes

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I already cooked octopus once before and it came out perfecttt so I’ll shave some words off this post by deferring you internally for how to cook octopus but I’ll still detail the concept of the salad here.

But first – a little torture with these gross yet wonderful pictures.

 

Portuguese_octopus boston_food_bloggersI knowwww, right!?

You’re over there thinking to yourself how delicious this octopus looks, right?
Same here same here.

 

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Don’t you just love how it completely transforms after being blanched in hot water for only 30 seconds.
How fucking dope is that!?

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Alright alright alright, I’m done.
Here’s the rest of the recipe.

 

 

Fill a small pot with cold water, a pinch of salt and the chopped potatoes.
Once the pot comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.

Check the potatoes with a fork for doneness (about 10 minutes).
When the potatoes are tender, drain and set aside but keep warm.

 

When the octopus is tender enough to pierce with a fork, remove from oven and set aside to cool until it’s warm enough to handle.
Cut and section the tentacles from the skirt (where the legs meet the head) and cut the legs into 1-inch round wheels.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over a med-high flame and add the octopus pieces and a small sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Saute until the pieces become slightly crispy (about 3 mins).

 

In a large bowl, combine the crispy octopus pieces, potatoes, cilantro and yellow peppers.
Then in a small bowl mix together 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Drizzle the potatoes and octopus with the olive oil mixture and using a wide spoon, mix to incorporate.

 

Serve warm.

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octopus_recipesways_to_eat_octopusI told you more seafood was coming your way so don’t forget the lemon wedges.

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Shoutout to Portuguese fisherman for hooking up this lovely spring meal, this octopus came all the way from Portugal.

 

 


 

 

 

Octopus Salad

1 handful Cilantro
1 small Yellow Pepper
1 lemon
1 med Potato (peeled and chopped into small cubes)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Red Pepper Flakes
Salt
Pepper

1 med size Octopus (about 3 lbs)
Olive Oil
3 Bay Leaves
3-4 pieces fresh Garlic
Salt
Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Click over to this previous post for instructions of how to cook octopus.
The octopus will take about an hour to cook, depending on the variation of your oven.

 

1. Fill a small pot with cold water, a pinch of salt and the chopped potatoes.
2. Once the pot comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.
3. Check the potatoes with a fork for doneness (about 10 minutes).
4. When the potatoes are tender, drain and set aside but keep warm.

5. When the octopus is cooked, remove from oven and set aside to cool.
6. Cut and section the tentacles from the skirt (where the legs meet the head) and cut the legs into 1-inch round wheels.

7. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over a med-high flame and add the octopus pieces and a small sprinkling of salt and pepper.
8. Saute until the pieces become slightly crispy (about 3 mins).

9. In a large bowl, combine the crispy octopus pieces, potatoes, cilantro and yellow peppers.
10. Then in a small bowl mix together 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

11. Drizzle with the olive oil mixture and using a wide spoon, mix to incorporate.
12. Mix and serve warm, garnished with parsley.
❤ ❤

59 Comments

    1. It was on my bucket list too and was well worth it!
      But just make sure it is a seafood or sushi restaurant when you eventually try it. A steakhouse won’t know how to make your first octopus experience you best but a sushi house ….now they know all about octopus and the chances of them overcooking it or underseasoning it are much less likely.

  1. Exactly…looks kinda creepy and intriguing at the same time…I’ve never had octopus – not sure I ever will LOL…and…I just watched ‘Finding Dory’ last night – kinda liked the little Octopus guy! But your photos are awesome Dana – as usual! 🙂

  2. I love this post for a lot of reasons. You make cooking octopus look sexy, instead of scary (which is how I viewed it). I love seeing how you handled it in the step by step gorgeous pics! Makes me think I could actually touch one LOL. Most importantly, I would love to eat this salad.
    That guy is one fishy character. He’ll get what’s his. 🙂

    1. Yassss hunttyyyy, octopus IS sexy! Mussels are too but octopus is like exotic sexy lol.

      It’s a little creepy to touch the first time you touch one so I’d recommend starting by touching:
      – the head first. That’s the biggest/eww-est part so if you can overcome the creepyness of touching the biggest part, by the time you get legs, you’ll be over it lol
      – start by touching a baby octopus

    1. Ummmmmmm
      Octopus is a little denser than squid but taste pretty similar.
      It’s frequently fried like calamari but grilling it (after cooking it) is another popular presentation of it.
      Grilling it (or sauteing it like I did) gives it a sort of crispy exterior, kind of like the way frying squid does for calamari.
      Does that make sense?

      And the thing about you is I know you’ll actually try it. Just make sure you go to a seafood restaurant or a sushi house.
      Someone that’s specializes in handling creatures from the sea 😀

  3. I want to like octopus, but it’s one of the few creatures of the deep I can’t get behind. (It’s a texture thing for me.) But you definitely make it look so appetizing here!

  4. What a rude fishmonger! Such disrespect, I’m sad that certain people have ‘given permission’ by their words and actions to behave this way. It’s really horrible.
    You did an awesome job with this interesting protein. The photos look amazing and the end dish looks delicious!

  5. The photos are great, the end results is even more amazing!
    I told you the boys had Octopus in Greece the other day but I couldn’t 🙂
    I am sorry but haven’t changed my mind on eating it yet: )
    Hope your week is being going great
    Well done D

  6. Ugh. I don’t understand why some people think they can go through life talking to people that way. The octopus looks delicious. I’m proud of you for taking it on whole. I can only stand to look at the legs. The head is just too creepy.

    1. The head is by far the creepiest part. The first time I played with octopus I had to keep reminding myself it was already dead and nothing was moving.

      That’s why I can’t mess with lobsters because those things are alive and kicking right up until you cook them, nosa

      1. Really? Now I feel proud of myself and got motivated to try again. I wanna be the one who not only tries, but also succeeds, 😊 😀

  7. That looks seriously amazing. It takes a huge effort of will for me not to think about octopuses (octopi?) when swimming in the sea – I would not like to meet one – this is part of the fear of imaginary sea-monster thing I have going on. Surely they don’t have them in the cold, cold north sea. I bet they like warmer waters …. this is what I am telling myself anyway. I rarely see octopus for sale over here (maybe this means there are none about) but I have had it in Turkey and I loved it.

    1. LOL!
      For me its stingrays although I would love the try eating a stingray.
      I think I’d have to go to Asia for that though haha, I just love weird food in general.
      What’s the creepiest thing you’ve eaten?

  8. Octopuses are freaky little bastards. It’s the thought of having one of those suction cups in my mouth. Freaks me out.

    Also, when has openly leering ever been a seduction tactic that works for this guy?! Like, shouldn’t his decades of being along, stroking his own chest hair give him a tip off to try something new?!

    Ugh. Men. At least they don’t have suction cups.

    1. But it’s so yummmmyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
      At least these guys don’t suck the life out of you the way men do #fact but go can you imagine if this dude had fucking suction cups on his arms and fingers?
      I’d be seeing him later alright, I’m be fucking trapped under him!

  9. my favorite part of the octopus (or squid) are the tentacles. i don’t even know why, they all taste the same.

    i don’t really mess with seafood, despite my love for it… can you just make this and i’ll make booj ramen, and we’ll call it even?

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