Octopus Salad

Cooking octopus and squid is all about speed.  Old-timers say cook it for 2 minutes or 2 hours.  After hitting the heat until it’s opaque; which is a sign of being done takes a couple of minutes.  After that, it becomes tough and it takes about 2 hours to cook it to become tender again.

After cleaning it with Kosher salt I tenderized the octopus prior to cooking by dipping it into boiling water three times; each time for three seconds.  Other people knead it with grated radishes or pound it out.  I basically followed P&N’s (panandnell.wordpress) recipe for Homemade Octopus Salad posted on 2/5/2017. I made a few changes.  However, the recipe was simple as promised.  The ingredients listed was for 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs of octopus
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 2 lemons
  • parsley
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • basil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions:

I brought the octopus at Whole Foods Market.  After using the 3 X 3 rule (see above) and seeing the tentacles gradually curl, I added the white wine to the water in a large pot.  I boiled the octopus for 40 – 45 minutes.  While boiling I cut up the red onions, garlic, parsley, tomatoes, red and green peppers, and lemon. I removed the octopus and placed it into a bowl of cold water with ice. After cooling, I removed the skin and cut it diagonally into small pieces.  Add sliced octopus to vegetables into a bowl.  Add salt, pepper and olive oil and mix thoroughly.  Squeeze lemon over the mixture and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.  Adjust the salt, pepper, and olive oil to your taste preference.

I served my octopus salad over a bed of lettuce and added mussels, avocado, and a boiled egg.  It was delicious. I find octopus to be one of the best-flavored seafood.  It’s extremely popular and priced accordingly in restaurants today, which is a shame considering it was relatively inexpensive and easy to cook at home.  The other great thing is octopus is very nutritious and low in calories when prepared in this fashion.

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