Grilled Baby Octopus

Octopus, are a little harder to cook than squids as they can get too chewy if not done right. If you are used to stir frying and grilling squids, then the chances are you will get it right the first time. Nevertheless, I am going to try my best to explain the process so that you can get it right.

1. Discard the head and use the rest as shown in this video 
2. Freeze it for a day or 2 if the tentacles are too stiff and bouncy
3. It is a must that you use a cast iron skillet as it requires very high temp while cooking
4. Marinate it for not more than 2-3 hours and if more, then ensure the marinade is not too acidic
5. If not 1-3 mins, 2 hours. Thats the rule while cooking to get a tender octopus.

Grilled Baby Octopus

3 baby octopus (cleaned and only the tentacles part)

For the marinade
2 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients above and marinate the octopus for 2-3 hours.


On an cast-iron skillet, over high heat, grill the octopus for 1 1/2 mins each side turning once and plate it immediately. Let it rest for 3-4 mins before serving.

Categories: Travel Cuisine


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