Sunday, July 29, 2012

Recipe: Octopus Salad

Insalata di Polpo
Octopus Salad

24   baby octopus
4     slices lemon peel
2     bay leaves
3     small celery stalks
4     garlic cloves, minced
1/4  cup chopped parsley
1/4  cup lemon juice
1/4  cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4  cup capers

  salt and freshly ground pepper


To clean the octopus, turn out the body and empty it,
remove the eyes and the beak at the base of the
tentacles, then rinse the octopus under cold running

Make a dressing by combining the lemon juice, olive
oil, capers and minced garlic. Chop the celery.

Bring a small pot of water to boil, add the bay leaves,
lemon peel and octopus. Cook for a moment or two
until the octopus is tender.

Strain the octopus then place them in a bowl, add the
chopped celery, parsley and dressing.

Salt and pepper to taste then toss the octopus salad.
Serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. this was my dad's favorite dish to make. Thanks for the recipe

  2. Glad you enjoyed it... Keep visiting!