Octopus with Vinaigrette

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After a long morning spent swimming in the beautiful sea at Plakias (Southern Crete) and drying under the warm Mediterranean sun, there is nothing more satisfying than a long lazy lunch in a traditional taverna overlooking the sea. One year, a big group of us tucked into grilled octopus, calamari, chicken, rice, tzatziki, courgette fritters, lamb chops, souvlaki and fresh fish, washed down with ice cold beer, carafes of wine and Raki. We’d ordered safely for the kids all holiday, so was amazed to see one of the boys happily tucking into grilled octopus for lunch.

This is Vasso’s rather excellent version. Obviously, the octopus tastes far better when fished fresh out of the Mediterranean and smashed on the side of the harbour to release the ink. However, you’ll find something perfectly adequate in most UK supermarkets or fishmongers.

Recipe

Serves 4

Preparation Time 15 minutes

Cooking Time 20 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 fresh medium octopus

1 bay leaf

6 peppercorns

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

4 tbsp water

 

For the vinaigrette

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp Dijon mustard

salt & pepper for seasoning

fresh parsley, chopped (for decoration)

 

Method

  • Wash the octopus extremely well. Place the octopus (whole), bay leaf, peppercorns, vinegar and water into a saucepan. Cover and on a low heat cook for 20 minutes.
  • Note that the octopus will release some water. Keep an eye on the contents and ensure that there is always some liquid in the saucepan. You may feel you need to add a little more water.
  • After 20 minutes or so of cooking, the octopus should be done. You can check to see that the octopus is cooked by piercing it with a toothpick. If the toothpick is removed easily, the octopus is ready.
  • Remove the octopus from the saucepan. Cut the legs into 2 inch strips and the body into 2 inch cubes. Place into your serving bowl.
  • In another bowl mix together the vinegar, olive oil, mustard and season with salt & pepper.
  • Pour the vinaigrette sauce over the octopus. If you like, sprinkle with parsley and nicely served with toasted pitta bread.

 


Reviews

  1. Franglaise Mummy

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    Huzzah! This is just what we need as we managed to get some octopus yesterday – I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂 x

    • Sarah Pylas

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      Fab! Yes, let me know how it goes. Hope you enjoy it x

  2. Lydia Gerratt (@LydiaGerratt)

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    I love this recipe and I love eating octopus!! Thank you.

    • Sarah Pylas

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      You are welcome! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  3. Honest Mum (@HonestMummy)

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    Love this dish, one of my all time faves and adore your blog. I can’t wait to read the book. I love that these recipes remind me of my beloved Grandma. Food is so vital to Greeks, to our identity and how we interact and find joy together. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays xx

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