Octopus is a soft-bodies mollusk or cephalopod with eight limbs. Even though the look of octopus is somewhat bizzare, it’s one of my favorite seafood.
In recent months, I haven’t been able to dine out at my favorite restaurants. I really miss it especially grilled octopus with salad.
I took matters into my own hands and bought some at my seafood store.
I fired up the grill and made this amazing Spanish grilled octopus to kick start my summer!
Grilled Octopus Recipe
It’s very easy to make this recipe as it calls for few simple ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Lemon juice
How to Make Grilled Octopus?
You can buy fresh, raw and uncooked octopus or boiled octopus that has been cooked.
As octopus are naturally briny, you don’t need a lot of ingredients. All you need are a great olive oil and basic seasonings. A few minutes on the grill and you’re done!
After grilling, slice it into pieces and serve with a simple green salad of your choice.
Serve with fresh lemon wedges and you will have a dish that rivals your favorite restaurants.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Grill Octopus without Boiling?
If you are lucky to get fresh octopus, you just need to grill them on direct heat for a total of a few minutes on both sides.
As soon as the tentacles or limbs curl up and the flesh turns white or opaque in color, they are cooked.
Do not over grill or they will turn rubbery and chewy.
Perfectly grilled octopus should be tender to the bite and juicy.
What Side Dishes Go Well with This Recipe?
Fresh green salads are great with octopus. You can use all kinds of salad. I love spring mix salad with arugula.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is 240 calories per serving.
What to Serve with Grilled Octopus?
Serve this dish with fresh salad. For a wholesome meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 1 lb. (0.4 kg) boiled octopus
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- Ground black pepper
- 3 dashes cayenne pepper
- 1 pack (5 oz. /150 g) spring mix salad
- Lemon wedges
- Season the boiled octopus with olive oil, salt, ground black pepper and cayenne pepper.
- Fire up a grill and quickly grill the octopus over direct heat until the surface is slightly charred. Turn over and grill the other side.
- Remove the grilled octopus and slice into pieces. Serve immediately with some fresh spring mix salad and lemon wedges. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving Calories 240Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 109mgSodium 670mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 34g