Baby Octopus With Spicy Garlic Dressing



1 Lb frozen octopus or baby octopus cleaned

1 onion cut into wedges

about 8 cups of water

1 teaspoon of cloves

2 garlic cloves

5 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp white wine vinegar

4 tbsp fresh chopped parsley

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste

1 tbsp salt (for boiling octopus)

salt & pepper to taste


Put the onions, cloves, and one tablespoon of salt in a large saucepan with the water and bring to a boil. Using a large metal strainer, dip the octopus in and out of the boiling liquid at least 3 times, returning the water to boil between each re-dipping (this helps the octopus become tender). If you don’t have a metal strainer, use tongs to dip. Then completely immerse the octopus in the liquid and cook very gently for about an hour. I used baby octopus which was ready in about an hour, larger octopus may take 90 minutes of gentle cooking before tender. Allow it to cool in the liquid, then drain, cut into bite size pieces(for larger octopus) and place in a nonmetallic bowl.

Mix the oil, parsley, garlic, vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper(to taste) and add to the bowl with the octopus. Mix well, cover, and chill for a few hours or overnight. Octopus can be served with crusty bread for mopping up the juices 🙂 Bon Appetit!



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Posted on February 8, 2012, in Seafood and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I would take out the red pepper flakes since I don’t like spicy foods… I will def try this one though!


  2. That looks awesome. Your presentation is so inviting. Thanks for the recipe…have to give this one a try soon.


  3. Thank you so much Ruby 🙂


  4. Yum! I love octopus. This looks fantastic. Although this is my first time personally stopping by your blog, Dad (one man’s meat) has been showing me photos of your creations for ages. Looking forward to seeing more of them 🙂


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