Happy Cinco De Mayo

On Cinco De Mayo people look to enjoy traditional foods and drink, like cerveza (beer), margaritas, avocado (which is overpriced this week because of a shortage) and tacos. However, as a pescatarian my taco choices have been limited to fish and shrimp, until now.  Fish tacos came from Baja California and were made from whatever fresh fish was pulled out from-the Pacific Ocean or Sea of Cortez.

I decided that since I shared my recipe on octopus salad; why not try octopus tacos. Remember octopus is healthy.  It is a lean protein source which is high in iron. So why not give it a try.

Pictured above are a variety of ways to enjoy octopus tacos.  The ingredients and preparation (grilled or sautééd) add variety to your meal.  I prefer mine grilled after marinating the fish for at least 4 hours.

  • 6-8 oz. chopped (already cleaned) fresh octopus or frozen (find it in the frozen-seafood case), thawed
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 tortillas (6-inch diameter)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro

For the mango salsa:

  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup seedless cucumber, chopped
  • 2 mangoes, flesh cut into cubes
  • Handful fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt

For pico de gallo:

  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 springs of fresh cilantro
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Garnish: (Your Preference)

  • lettuce
  • lime
  • cilantro
  • fresh tomatoes
  • beans, pinto, garbanzo, or black
  • roasted chili slices
  • rice
  • onions, finely dices
  • cabbage
  1. Place chopped octopus in a large pot of water and bring to boil.  Reduce heat, simmer 20 minutes , and drain.  To grill remove octopus from hot water rinse and dry with paper towel.
  2. Preheat pan on stove-top at medium-high drizzle olive oil and place in octopus in pan.  Add in lemon juice and cilantro and remove from pan after evenly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, combine salsa ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly.
  4. Divide octopus and salsa among warm tortillas, garnish with cilantro, and serve.

cinco de mayo


7 thoughts on “Happy Cinco De Mayo

  1. Sounds good looks good and I am sure it is delicious. Cinco De Mayo is a celebration that is second to Super Bowl so enjoy the rest of the weekend with their super drinks and food. Thanks and I will try your tacos.


  2. wow i know pot lucky had good food and a very nice time for cinco de mayo lmao !! pot lucky is the best host for any events!!!


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