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How To Cook Octopus Easy Recipe

A tender and tasty dish, cooked octopus is easy to prepare and gives great satisfaction both served as a first course or in salads. Simply boiled and seasoned with oil, parsley, and lemon makes it an elegant and restaurant-like dish you can cook for your family or even for special occasions.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time2 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek, Italian
Keyword: boiled octopus, fried octopus, how to cook octopus, octopus, octopus recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 103kcal
Author: YourFoodBuddy


  • 1 whole octopus
  • 1 handful parsley the tails
  • 1 lemon the zest
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Clean and rinse the octopus (remove the eyes and the beak)
  • Put the octopus in a large pot
  • Add the parsley tails, olive oil, black pepper, bay leaves and shave one lemon and add in the zest
  • Put the pot on the stove and cover it with a lid
  • Cook in medium heat for 40-50 minutes (until the meat is soft)
  • Turn off the heat and let the octopus cool down in its own juices

How to sear octopus

  • Cut the tentacles of the octopus
  • Heat a skillet with some olive oil
  • Add in some crushed garlic cloves
  • Sear the tentacles for 2-3 minutes then turn sides and cook for another 2-3 medium on high heat
  • Serve with pleasure


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg