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Octopus, Greek style

I can’t recall how many years I spent hearing the many ways about the proper way to cook an octopus.Mostly by boiling with a wine cork floating in the pot until tender.

Kind of witchcraft, not to mention intimidating.

When Henry (son) returned from cooking on a boat in Europe where he was shown a different way. The best way is to do a  slow sauté of the whole octopus in a covered pot with only olive oil, garlic and a few herbs for about 1 hour and 45 minutes.


The result is a very tender Octopus with a significant amount of an extremely good, intense broth. The octopus releases the liquid, or broth, during cooking, and shrinks dramatically, as it releases the water within.

  •  1 cleaned Octopus

  • 1 Serrano Chile, split in half

  • 1 cup chopped Italian Parsley

  • 4 Garlic cloves

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Pound the octopus with a wooden mallet and rinse thoroughly before cooking, this decrease the saltiness of the octopus.

Place octopus in a large heavy casserole with the oil and garlic and herbs.


* Don’t season with salt now or it will toughen during cooking.

Cover with the lid and simmer about 1 1/2 hours, until tender. Taste the cooking juice and correct as needed. Pour over the plated dish.

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