Posted on November 7, 2015

Octopus Salad

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This is our family recipe and it’s a perfect appetizer (or main course) for any occasion.  You will also probably need to visit your local Asian grocery store for your best selection of octopus.

Nino's Octopus


Serves: 4-6

1 2-pound octopus, thawed

1/2 cup highly quality EVOO

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 kosher salt

3 cloves of garlic, pressed

3/4 cup of Fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped

10 kalamata olives, cut in half

The juice of one lemon and some zest

Freshly cracked pepper

Additional salt to taste



  1. Place octopus in a large pot and add just enough water to cover the octopus. Bring to a boil, then simmer on medium heat for about 45 minutes.  Turn off heat and let octopus cool in hot liquid for an additional 30 minutes.
  2. Remove octopus and place on cutting board. Cut entire octopus in 2 inch pieces and place in a serving bowl remembering to clean the gunk from its head.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and toss.
  4. Let octopus marinade for at least 20 minutes and serve with quality crusty bread. *Note: after step two above, you may also grill pieces for 2 – 3 minutes per side for that wonderful char taste.


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