As I am perfecting my Feast of the Seven Fishes blog, I just knew it would not be complete without a Grilled Octopus Salad. However, there was a slight problem. I never prepared octopus in my life. In addition, I knew I wanted to start with an octopus that was already cleaned. There was no way I was going to “butcher” my own. After watching numerous episodes of Food Network, I knew I would need to boil it.
So, The Carolina Meat & Fish Co gave me one to play with! The octopus was previously frozen, so I allowed it thaw in the fridge overnight.
My second dilemma was determining what on earth was I going to put in this salad. After boiling the octopus, I knew that I also wanted the slight char taste from the grill. That part was easy. I also knew some kind of vinegar, olive oil and lemon based dressing would be the perfect touch. After an extensive search on Pinterest, I ultimately decided that I was going to take this recipe a bit out of the box. Adhering to a more traditional approach, was not going to work for me. So very excited to report, that it is one lovely recipe. One that should not only be enjoyed for the holidays, but one that you should make all year long! Additionally, this recipe for Grilled Octopus Salad is super healthy. It contains loads of vegetables with a super light dressing!
So, here it goes. My adventure with a five pound whole octopus. This is how I transformed it into one beautiful, and delicious dish.
HOW TO BOIL OCTOPUS
Heat a large pot of salted water to just under a boil. Toss in the bay leaves. Rinse your octopus. I recommend purchasing one that is already cleaned. If you want to avoid cooking the octopus yourself (not sure why you would), you can purchase pre-cooked, frozen tentacles. In this case, you would just skip to the grilling part of this recipe. Or, you can even opt out of grilling altogether, if you so desire.
Place the octopus in the water by doing a kind of a “dunk and lift” method. You will see the tentacles start to curl up as they hit the hot water. This is what your want. Keep holding the octopus by the head and dunking a few times until you see the tentacles harden a bit and turn a reddish-purple color. Release the octopus into the pot. Allow to simmer on high for about forty-five minutes to an hour, or until tender. Smaller octopi will take a little less time to tenderize.
After the octopus is cooked and tender, you can either allow it to cool down in the pot, or you can remove and transfer to a bowl. Once the octopus can be handled, start cutting off the tentacles. Discard the head. If you are grilling, keep the tentacles whole for now. If you wish not to grill, cut the tentacles into one-inch pieces. Reserve in bowl.
HOW TO GRILL OCTOPUS
Heat up your outdoor, or indoor grill. Just quickly char the tentacles. This only takes a few minutes. Cut the tentacles into one inch pieces, and reserve.
TO FINISH AND SERVE THE OCTOPUS SALAD
In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the dressing. Taste. You may want a bit more oil, vinegar or salt. See picture below on how to cut the celery. I like my knife cuts here. Gives the salad a nice thin slice of celery with each bite.
Add the octopus to the dressing. Toss to coat. Serve this amazing Grilled Octopus Salad at room temperature. ENJOY!
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