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Grilled Octopus Recipe: Traditional Greek Grilled Octopus

Grilled octopus is one of the most delicious Greek food appetizers. This grilled octopus recipe happens to be one of my favorites! Before cooking, you need to tenderize the octopus. You can simply do with a meat tenderizer. Once you do that, you need to clean it.  Remove the tentacles from the body below the hard central beak (if using baby octopus the heads can be cleaned and cooked too, for large octopus discard the head and beak). This grilled octopus recipe is for 4 persons. I like eating grilled octopus with baked vegetables and a glass of traditional ouzo. I suggest you try it!

Greek Grilled Octopus Recipe – Ingredients

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons of Greek olive oil, divided
  • 2 (1½-pound) octopuses, cleaned and gutted, with eyes, beak, and ink sac removed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons of dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground teaspoon pepper
  • Salt (optional, to taste)
  • 1 lemon, cut in half

Greek Grilled Octopus Recipe – Instructions

  1. Take a pot and fill it with water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of red vinegar and the bay leaves.
  4. Stir with a spoon.
  5. Add octopus in a pot. Allow to boil.
  6. Cook over medium-high heat for around 50 minutes.
  7. Take octopus out of the pot. Drain it. Allow it to cool.
  8. While the octopus is cooling, prepare a charcoal grill.
  9. With a sharp kitchen knife cut the tentacles from the center sections, keeping the tentacles whole.
  10. Take a cooking brush. Brush the grill with ¼ cup of the olive oil to prevent sticking.
  11. Lay the octopus on the oiled grill.
  12. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
  13. Remove from grill and toss with the remaining Greek olive oil, vinegar, oregano, pepper, and salt.
  14. Add some fresh lemon juice.
  15. Serve with baked vegetable (optional)

I hope you like this grilled octopus recipe. Stay tuned for more traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!

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