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Recipe calls for jalapeno, description refers to chiles. You may prefer chiles.
My first time with whole octopus. 2 lb frozen cleaned octopus becomes less than a cup by the time it’s done in the oven and cut up. Next time I will parboil and then cut it up. It was no more tender and less flavorful. Alternatively, prepared octopus from the Asian market is no more expensive and a lot less work.
Octopus is very expensive because they are hard to catch. I am Cuban and needed a different way of preparing. Like Michael Jackson’s album: This is it!
So good–I have salad in the fridge and so far, I like it. I went to PR grab and go place last month and had this for the first time….it was SOAKED in EVO —so greasy but good taste. The price was outrageous, $13 for about a cup. So–it got me thinking…I could do this…onion, octo, jalapeno, herbs, salt, pepper, EVO and vinegar (but way less).
As I sit here waiting…..I’m wondering…..why not minced garlic? I don’t want to throw the flavors off..but does anyone else use garlic?
I decided to get out of my comfort zone and clean and cook fresh baby octopus for the first time. It was actually quite easy! After cleaning the octopus, I put the baby octopus in my electric pressure cooker for 13 minutes. They were done to perfection. Your salad recipe was so refreshing and delightful. I am so glad I got over my initial fear about preparing octopus. I will be trying a large octopus next time.
I made this receipe as my boyfriend is Puerto Rican. I bought the Octopus at Whole Foods, fresh. It turned out great. Me t week fresh wild Salmon.
Where do you buy octopus? I live in a small town in Wisconsin.
Hi Judy, I can get it at my local Whole Foods and some other markets here in Sacramento. You might have to order it frozen if you can’t find it in a local market.
I came on your page by mistake over here on crete I eat ocpotus all the time want to cook them in red wine very slow very nice thank u
Looks good! Living in Hawaii, we eat a lot of frsh caught Octopus. Ironically we call it Squid :P
If you find you have a hard time getting your octopus tender, a great way to get in nice and tender, is to boil it in beer. If you want to get some of the slime off prior to cooking, put the octopus in a large bowl, add Hawaiian (rock) salt and massage and rub the the octopus repeatedly until slime is gone. rinse well to remove salt. Here in Hawaiian, you will often see people with a lot of octopus put it in a portable (well cleaned) cement mixer, as the pounding, spinning action also tenderizes the octopus :D
If anyone is curious, i believe (aside from taste – octopus is a bit more…robust I think) the mian difference between Calamari and Octopus is – otopus has 8 legs, and Calamari has 10 ( the two extra long arms on the calamari. That and the head.
great site, love the recipes !
I want to make this, but I was just wondering; is there a particular reason why the oregano is dried when everything else is fresh?
The flavor is more concentrated. You can use fresh if you want, just add a bit more.
Always enjoy your posts, Elise! This salad looks really refreshing and perfect for summer. I would love to make this someday in the near future. Thank you so much for linking to my Japanese Octopus Salad recipe! xo :)
Like Sandy S. I no longer eat octopus because of their intelligence/awareness level.
Do you eat pork?
Or veal, lamb, beef…
Also, I cannot eat them. They are so wonderful and intelligent.
Hi Elise. I’m so happy you found my instructions about preparing octopus useful. :) In Greece we cook and eat it all the time, especially during the summer when it’s at its best fresh.
Your dish looks amazing, what a vibrant salad this is. I have to give it a try the next time I get my hands on some fresh octopus.
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the best deals on octopus can be had at Asian markets. I purchased two big frozen octopuses (octopi is incorrect) at a Philipino grocery chain called Seafood City for $2.99 a pound.
$2.99 a pound, that’s great! By the way, here’s what the Grammarist has to say on octopi vs octopuses.
You also misspelled the word, Filipino – it’s not Philipino :)
Great recipe, by the way, Elise! I love octopus in any way it’s prepared.
Fantastic Recipe. When I was cooking in Italy I was introduced to octopus and have loved it ever since. The key is to either cook for a short period of time or a very long time. Anything in between will be like rubber. Keep the great recipes coming.
The Japanese have a salad that uses octopus and cucumber in a similar way but with the octopus and cucumber sliced like coins and garnished with myoga (a kind of ginger flower bulb). The combination of cucumber and octopus is supposed to cool the body down in the summer heat.
Great recype, In Spain we call it Pipirrana, a very similar dish!
Simply Delicioso! My grandma in puerto rico makes this dish when ever i visit nly thing she does’nt add is the jalapeño.
This recipe looks very similar to the Salada de Polvo I eat in Portugal every summer, and it’s TO DIE FOR.
this looks so good! does frozen octopus have a different texture from fresh octopus? i’ve never cooked with octopus before so the thought of cleaning a fresh one is a little scary.
[[There are a few steps you need to take to get it ready to cook, i.e. removing the beak, the eyes, and the ink sac.]]
Even though this isn’t much different from prepping a chicken for cooking (I’ve pulled the innards out of many a bird), I’m going to take a pass on this recipe.
Unless you are fishing for octopus in the ocean, any octopus you buy will likely already be cleaned and ready to cook.
Cleaning a fresh octopus is so much easier than cleaning a fresh caught fish. A couple of things, an octopus has no blood, no gills, no bones. So easy and not much waste.
Oh yeah…no scales!