How to cook a tender octopus
Cooking an octopus is easier than it seems. Follow this process and you'll always get a tender octopus ready to be eaten or grilled.
- Octopus - whole, defrosted, 1.8 kg (4 lbs) approx.
They say that it the octopus has been frozen it will be tender no matter what. In my experience, you have to follow all these steps either for frozen octopus.
- Fill a large pot with water and bring it to boil. No salt needed.
- Make sure octopus has already been thawed
- Extend the octopus on a large carving board. Apply karate like massage to the octopus along the tentacles for one minute.
- Once the water is boiling, hold the octopus by the head. Submerge the extreme of the tentacles (just a a couple of inches) and remove. Do the same a couple of more times only that each time submerge the octopus a little bit deeper. After 4-5 times, let it go.
- Now the octopus is ready to be cooked.
- Depending on the size and quality of the octopus it might take from 60 to 90 minutes based on having cooking many too many. Some calculate 12 minutes per pound/ 24 minutes per kilogram.
- From time to time, you might need to turn the octopus upside down to ensure that it's all cooked evenly (for example, if the head is floating above the water level it might not cook properly).
- Once the octopus is almost ready you might be able to separate one of the tentacles from the rest with the help of tong. If this happen without much trouble is because the octopus is perfectly tender. Another way to test the tenderness is to lay down the octopus and a large carving board and, with the use of a non stick spatula cut in the middle of the tentacle crosswise. If that's easy to do, it means it's perfectly tender. If not, you might need to return the octopus to the boiling water.
- Once the octopus is ready, turn the heat off and leave the octopus to cool down a little bit in the warm water. After that, you are ready to use it. You can stir it with olive oil and garlic and then add Pimentón de la Vera (for a Spanish Pulpo a la Gallega) or you can put it to marinade so that you can then grill it (for a Greek octopus variation).
Cooking an octopus is easier than it seems. Follow this process and you’ll always get a tender octopus ready to be eaten or grilled.Add to Favourites