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Greek cuisine, like other Mediterranean cuisines, has great nutritional value and is famous the world over.

Its recipes are easy to prepare and pay respect to quality ingredients, using excellent products that are as fresh as possible and the omnipresent extra virgin olive oil.

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

Greek grilled octopus is perhaps not the most iconic dish, but it’s definitely among the most popular ones, together with dolmades, spanakopita, tzatziki, etc.

This traditional recipe for Greek octopus will take you straight to your favorite Greek island! Discover all the secrets to cook the perfect Greek octopus.

  • For sharing: 2 servings  
  • Time: 70 min  
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Ideal for: Appetizer

GREEK OCTOPUS RECIPE

Ingredients

Ingredients for 4 servings:

400 g of el Rey del Pulpo precooked octopus
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of vinegar
1 tablespoon of fresh or dried oregano
Minced red chili pepper
Parsley
Salt and black pepper
1 lemon (to serve and decorate)

METHOD

  • Start by taking the package of el Rey del Pulpo precooked octopus out of the refrigerator. This recipe for Greek octopus can be prepared using whole tentacles or slicing them into smaller pieces.

  • In a bowl or dish, mix the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, minced oregano and red chili pepper all together, and then add the octopus. Soak the tentacles on all sides well and leave the octopus to marinate for at least 1 hour.

  • The octopus can be left to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.  It will keep perfectly well because of the marinade and soak in more flavor.

  • Once this time has passed, heat the grill to high, drain the octopus and brown.

  • Leave it to sear so it gets a nice golden-brown color on all sides.

  • To finish, transfer to a plate and drizzle the Greek octopus with some good extra virgin olive oil and some 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:

To accompany this delicious Greek octopus, here’s a simple and tasty salad:

 INGREDIENTS: Tomato, cucumber, onion, black olives, Feta cheese, oregano, olive oil, wine vinegar, honey and salt

METHOD: Chop all the ingredients and place them in a bowl. Make a vinaigrette by beating the olive oil, wine vinegar, honey, salt and oregano together vigorously using a fork. Drizzle over the salad and stir carefully.

Greek octopus can be finished not only on a grill but also in a frying pan or on a charcoal grill. Choose the option that you like best or that suits you best.

If you want to prepare another quick and healthy recipe using octopus, you can try our octopus pasta salad with tomato vinaigrette.

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