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3 Reasons to Get Creative in the Kitchen with Octopus

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3 Reasons to Get Creative in the Kitchen with Octopus

Ordered octopus out but never tried it at home? 

We let you in on the basics of how to prepare and cook octopus along with an octopus recipe using three different techniques to take away the fear factor.

Octopus is a visually impressive dish preferred by chefs and restaurateurs and with a mild flesh that takes on aromatics as well as being equally delicious boiled or char grilled.  It’s a dish that’s always going to impress whether for its originality, its form, texture, colour and flavour. 

We take some of the fear factor out of it and show you that it’s just as easy to prepare an octopus at home with a few simple steps. And once you’ve got that far what better way than to continue with an equally impressive chef inspired dish.

We start with how to cook and clean an octopus. Learn from a fishmonger the do's and dont's to ensure you get the desired tender finish from your octopus.

We have the choice of three different recipes.  Whether you want to keep it simple with the octopus recipe for salad or go for the more ambitious chef inspired octopus with tomato jam or even the octopus lollipop.

Try your hand at getting creative in the kitchen with octopus today!


Chef Michael Kempf from the Mandala Hotel produced this mouth watering dish at the 2013 S.Pellegrino Sapori Ticino month-long food festival recently held in Switzerland.  We think you'll agree he was on to a winner. Once the octopus has been boiled the tentacles are chargrilled giving them additional colour and flavour.


Eugenio Roncoroni and Beniamino Nespor, chefs at Al Mercato restaurant in Milan created this unusual and fun dish which is sure to create a stir at a dinner party. The recipe hightlights the capacity of octopus to take on aromatics like tandoori spice, oyster sauce and acacia honey as well as being sufficiently mild to be paired with pork belly.

Octopus and Potato Salad

A classic Italian octopus salad to enjoy as an appetizer or a main dish. Enjoy the ocotpus in its full glory in this simple salad along with potatoes , artichokes and a citrus dressing. Best served warm or at room temperature.

If you want to put fish back on the menu on a Friday we have 27 fresh fish and seafood tips to guide you from purchase to preparation. Be inspired on fish friday.

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