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I caught an octopus, now how do I cook it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 20, 2011 at 4:21 AM

I caught an octopus today, he was orange and very cool looking. Gilbert (the octopus, ye we named him) weighs around 2 pounds. I googled how to cook octopus and got all kinds of crazy and conflicting answers. Have any of you cooked an octopus? The googling I did made me very confused but I think I ended up with two options: grill on a very hot and smokey grill or do a long tedious process: blanch for 30 seconds, bake at 200 covered for 4 hours, let cool in own juices, drain juices and reduce them to render as sauce

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on July 24, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Too bad I didn't have a giant radish...

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on July 24, 2011
at 12:55 AM

@Ryan H- You are adorable. @ Jack Kronk- are you having vujade? dejavue all over again?

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on July 21, 2011
at 02:28 PM

Mmmmmm calamari....mmmmmmm....

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on July 21, 2011
at 04:59 AM

Best. Movie. Ever.

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on July 21, 2011
at 03:18 AM

san nakji! I've always wanted to try it. Very popular in Korea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc4YhHPEdQw)

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on July 21, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Animals that are loved and cared for taste better. The first part of loving an animal is naming that animal. Thus by naming Gilbert you just increased his ability to taste better.

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on July 20, 2011
at 11:25 PM

Any pictures of Gilbert? I request a "before and after"!

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:29 PM

I was just referring to the movie "Oldboy" where he eats a living octopus.

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:38 PM

The octopus in sushi is cooked: http://www.sushiencyclopedia.com/sushi_menu/octopus_sushi.html Still delicious, though!

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:22 PM

and alive? I know they're pretty good raw, they use them in sushi, but I let it suction itself to my fingers just to see. I think you would have a hard time swallowing....

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on July 20, 2011
at 06:39 AM

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/07/grilled-octopus-with-kale-tomatoes-and-beans modify a tad, skip the beans, and it looks really good! Let us know what you end up doing...

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on July 20, 2011
at 04:38 AM

Don't you know the first rule of eating animals is to not name them ;)

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on July 20, 2011
at 04:33 AM

It's unbelievable how many times this question has been asked. Exact duplicate ;)

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on July 20, 2011
at 08:52 PM

I'm japanese, and Octopus, or Tako, makes amazing sashimi. And sashimi is paleo as all get-out.

Here's a youtube tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWGNisuNdzo

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on July 24, 2011
at 12:56 AM

Too bad I didn't have a giant radish...

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:22 AM

The Oldboy style; raw and alive.

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on July 21, 2011
at 03:18 AM

san nakji! I've always wanted to try it. Very popular in Korea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc4YhHPEdQw)

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:22 PM

and alive? I know they're pretty good raw, they use them in sushi, but I let it suction itself to my fingers just to see. I think you would have a hard time swallowing....

4498698fa91a620e4ee5b618da71016a

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on July 21, 2011
at 04:59 AM

Best. Movie. Ever.

724f0f45eb53919b8c617c3c1ec5fbc5

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:38 PM

The octopus in sushi is cooked: http://www.sushiencyclopedia.com/sushi_menu/octopus_sushi.html Still delicious, though!

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:29 PM

I was just referring to the movie "Oldboy" where he eats a living octopus.

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on July 20, 2011
at 04:27 AM

6th grade marine bio class we dissected squid then deep fried them up into calamari. I'd dredge the tentacles in some sort of paleo flour mixture, coconut flour maybe? then fry in coconut oil. that's just my best suggestion.

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on July 21, 2011
at 02:28 PM

Mmmmmm calamari....mmmmmmm....

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on July 21, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I cook octopus on the regular, it's one of my kids' favorite foods (go figure). We get either baby octupi (about 2-3 inches across each) at a local Whole Foods, or sometimes larger ones (or just the tentacles) at a local Asian market.

Generally the rule I follow with octopus and squid (and certain cuts of beef like flank steak) is to cook it quick and at high temp, or for a long time a low temp (i.e. braise).

The "quick high heat" method works better on smaller animals, with a larger and tougher beast your best option is probably to braise.

I have never cleaned an octopus caught in the wild, but I've seen it done. You need to gut it and there are membranes around the suction cups that need to be removed. The baby ones that I buy at the market are cut through the head, I suspect that the guts come out that way. I was in Greece once and saw a boy catch an octopus, gut it, and then splay it open and rub it against a large rock to rub away the membrane.

I usually marinate them in olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, lots of fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and maybe some fresh herbs (basil or parsley), then either pan-fry or grill them quick (just until they're opaque all the way through), or pan fry them for a minute or two, add a cup of wine/stock, cover, and cook for 30 minutes until tender through.

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on July 21, 2011
at 02:21 PM

Grilled with fish sauce, garlic, lime and cilantro. Heaven!!

Very hot grill, just cook long enough to firm up a bit.

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on July 20, 2011
at 10:29 AM

In my opinion, the only way to cook and eat octopus:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polbo_%C3%A1_feira

Here's a real recipe (site translated from Spanish):

"Recipe for Pulpo a la Gallega"

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on July 20, 2011
at 06:30 AM

I was just looking through my mom's Bon appetit and saw wood grilled octopus in there from a yucatan restaurant ...yummmm...

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on July 20, 2011
at 06:39 AM

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/07/grilled-octopus-with-kale-tomatoes-and-beans modify a tad, skip the beans, and it looks really good! Let us know what you end up doing...

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on July 06, 2012
at 09:45 AM

I just caught one I.m in Greece right know all the local fishermen say that for every meter long that an octupus is you need to hit and swirl up against a rock 100 times. This will tenderize the meat and remove the membrane. Then cook in boiling water for 2 minutes no longer. It is know ready to be prepared anyway you like fried, barbequed, stir fried or anyway you choose. Mine came out delicious and was not chewy.

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on July 21, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Squid and octopus can be cooked for two lengths of time only. You can do a really quick stir fry or deep fry, or you could do a longer stir fry. Anything in between will make the flesh rubbery and hard to eat.

If you do calamari, I recommend doing it the Korean/Asian way. Scoring it in slanted diagonal across the flesh, cutting the pieces in one inch squares, dredging it in tapioca starch, and deep frying (twice for extra crispiness).

Another awesome Korean dish is a octopus stir fry called Ojingeo Bokkuem. (http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/recipe-review/cooking-korean-ojingo-bokum-066600)

I love squid and octopus, but I CANNOT clean it properly for the life of me. It's just the most weirdest thing I've ever encountered and I couldn't handle it. I mean, it has an ink sack, tentacles, eyes, a spine, and even A BEAK. Its like part fish, part animal, part bird. Luckily my asian grocer sells cleaned squid.

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on July 20, 2011
at 09:07 PM

I think the key to it is the same as squid (calamari). You either need to cook it for 2 minutes or 2 hours. Anything in the middle and it ends up like rubber.

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:42 PM

From what I understand about it, it can be very tough if you cook it improperly. You can slice it thin and cook it quick (under two minutes), or you can stew it or braise it.

Here's a reprint of Mark Bittman's take on it - he's a pretty good resource for the home cook: http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/souptonuts/fish_octopus.html

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