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how to cook octopus

How to cook an Octopus

Demetra Overton
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Servings 4 -6 seervings


  • 2 octopuses 2 pounds each
  • 8 cups of water
  • half a bottle of red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 clove chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 fresh lemon


  • Thaw the octopus if frozen in the refrigerator and rinse thoroughly
  • Bring the water and red wine to a boil with bay leaves and salt
  • Add the octopus to the pot, reduce the heat and simmer for two hours or until tender.
  • Remove the octopus from the liquid.
  • Chill the octopus in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Separate the tentacles from the body
  • In a hot skillet sear the octopus in olive oil for 3-5 minutes.
  • Toss in chopped garlic in the last 30 seconds of cooking.
  • Re-season with salt and pepper and squeeze some fresh lemon juice over.