greek style octopus

Like other Mediterranean cuisines, Greek cuisine is nutritious and famous the world over.

Many Greek dishes are easy to prepare and allow quality ingredients to shine, as they use high-quality, fresh ingredients and always involve extra virgin olive oil.

All Greek dishes are colorful, brimming with aromatic herbs and tasty vegetables, and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and a splash of lemon.

Greek grilled octopus may not be the country’s most iconic dish, but it’s certainly among its most popular, in addition to dolmades, spanakopita, tzatziki, etc.

This traditional Greek octopus recipe will immediately transport you to your favorite Greek island! Discover all the secrets to cooking the perfect Greek Octopus.

  • To share: 2 servings  
  • Time: 70 min  
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Serve it as: Appetizer



Ingredients for 4 servings:

14oz (400g) el Rey del Pulpo precooked octopus
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbs vinegar
1 tbs fresh or dried oregano
Minced red chili pepper
Salt and black pepper
1 lemon (to serve and use as garnish)


  • Take the package of el Rey del Pulpo precooked octopus out of the refrigerator and open it. You can use whole tentacles as they are or slice them into smaller pieces.
  • In a bowl or dish, mix the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, minced oregano, and red chili pepper together, and then add the octopus. Soak the tentacles well on all sides and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • The octopus can be left to marinate overnight in the refrigerator. The marinade will keep it fresh and the octopus will soak in more flavor with time.
  • Once this time has passed, heat the grill to high, drain the octopus and brown.
  • Sear it until it gets a nice golden-brown color on all sides.
  • To finish, transfer to a plate and drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Serve with a slice of lemon and sprinkle with plenty of minced fresh parsley.

Tips to ensure that your dish is a hit. The Greek Salad

Here’s a simple and tasty Greek salad to accompany this delicious Greek octopus:


3 medium tomatoes

2 cucumbers

¼ Red onion

1 handful black olives

4oz (115g) feta cheese

2 pinches oregano

¼ cup olive oil

2 tbs red wine vinegar

1 tbs honey

Salt to taste


Dice the first five ingredients and place them in a bowl. Make a vinaigrette by vigorously beating the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, salt, and oregano together with a fork. Drizzle over the salad and carefully combine.

Greek octopus can be seared not only on a grill pan but also in a frying pan or on a charcoal grill. Choose whatever option you like best.


To prepare another quick and healthy octopus recipe, try our delicious fried octopus and take a look at how to perfectly grill the octopus meat.  Also take a look at these delicious sauces that go well with octopus.

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