Warm octopus salad with potatoes

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In today's post, I am going to share with you a delicious polpo salad, meaning: Italian octopus salad recipe.

This warm octopus salad with potatoes is an excellent dish to make all year round but it is especially suitable for spring and summer.

For those who are not familiar with how to cook whole octopus, I am going to guide you step by step so you can obtain an excellent octopus potato salad!

Italian octopus recipe

Cooking octopus can be a scary thing to do for the first time, however, it is very simple and very few ingredients are required.

Many people wonder how to cook octopus to be tender and the answer is: it takes time.

How long to cook octopus tender?

It depends on several factors: the weight and if it has been previously frozen.

For a previously frozen octopus:

  • 500g, it will take around 35 minutes,

  • 1 kg, it will take around 50 minutes,

  • 1.5 kg, it will take 80 minutes

Fresh octopus recipe

Fresh octopus might need to be beaten with the help of a tool to relax the fibres and it might take longer to cook anyways.

Slow-cooked octopus takes longer than fish but the procedure is not at all complicated.

Is octopus healthy?

"Octopus is rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s also low in fat, making it a great source of complete protein for people trying to manage their weight." from the Webmd website.

Boiled octopus with potatoes is by far the easiest and healthiest way to cook it.

It is a balanced and very satisfying meal that will keep you full for hours without experiencing a lack of energy despite being a rather low-calorie recipe.

How to boil octopus?

There are several methods to make Italian octopus salad in our traditional cuisine, I am going to show you my family version, which is in my opinion the best octopus recipe you can find.

I come from a small town on the coast of Tuscany, where every household knows how to prepare octopus, especially simple octopus recipes or an octopus stew recipe because it is a popular ingredient, easy to find fresh daily in our local fishmongers that will make everyone happy.

My dad, who is actually a very good chef, taught me how to make octopus the right way following 3 very easy steps.

Let's find out how to make tender octopus!

Ingredients for 2:

1kg previously frozen octopus

4 potatoes


Pepper or chilli flakes

Extra virgin olive oil

A small bunch of thinly chopped fresh parsley

A quarter of a lemon

Wash the octopus and remove the eyes and the beak.

Bring to boil a pot of water

When the water is simmering, grab the octopus by the head and immerse it in the hot water for a few seconds. Repeat three times.

Cooking octopus tentacles will make them curl, which is totally normal. This procedure will help to make them tender.

Place the blanched octopus on a plate and throw away the hot water.

Fill the pot with fresh cold water, set it on medium heat and add the octopus upside down to make sure that the head will cook properly.

When the water is boiling, add a tablespoon of salt and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Then, turn off the heat, cover with a lid and let it cook in its water for 50 minutes.

In the meantime, wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them into cubes and boil them until soft. Drain them and set them aside.

After 50 minutes, check your octopus stew. If you can insert the ribs of a fork on a thick tentacle without effort, it's is ready.

Take it out of the water with the help of kitchen tweezers and place it on a wooden board.

Chop the octopus with a knife and add it to a bowl with the potatoes.

Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice and add thinly chopped fresh parsley to garnish!

Serve warm and enjoy!

Tender octopus recipe

This octopus salad recipe could be a delicious starter or second-course dish that will wow your guests!

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Recipe octopus salad

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