Italian Octopus Salad with Potatoes and Lemon Recipe

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Who doesn’t love the fresh, aromatic, delicious, comforting taste of Italian food? Today, we bring you a recipe of Italian octopus salad with potatoes and lemon that gather all the flavor of Italian cuisine: olive oil, lemon, tomato, fresh herbs, and seafood. On top of being vibrant and mouth-watering, this Italian octopus salad is perfect for summer weather!

Apart from that, precooked octopus is the perfect ingredient to help you make a wide variety of tasty, easy-to-prepare meals. Not having to cook the octopus not only saves time, it also eliminates the risk of the octopus becoming tough during the cooking process. If you’re looking for a recipe that will only take you a few minutes to prepare, choose this delicious, fresh Italian octopus salad with potatoes and lemon.

  • To share: Serves 2
  • Difficulty: Low Time: 25 min
  • Recommendation: Dinner/Appetizer
  • Calories: 196 Kcal/serving



Ingredientes para dos personas:

2 precooked fresh or frozen el Rey del Pulpo octopus tentacles (about 10.5 oz)
3 potatoes
Fresh parsley, minced
One lemon
Olive oil
Black pepper
Lemon zest


  • If you are using fresh octopus, you can skip this first stem, but if you are using frozen octopus, first defrost it by submerging the package in a bowl of water for 30 minutes, or until fully defrosted. Remove from the packaging, slice the octopus, and microwave it for two minutes at 700-800 watts when ready to cook.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into fairly large chunks. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 minutes or until soft. Drain completely. Be sure to dry the potatoes well to ensure the dressing isn’t watered down with potato water.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, wash the lemon, and thinly slice the zest.
  • Lay the potatoes on a serving dish and sprinkle the heated octopus on top.
  • Dress with olive oil, a splash of lemon juice, salt and freshly ground pepper, and garnish with lemon zest and fresh parsley.


The secret to this dish is not being shy with the oil. If you add too little, it will come out dry and insipid. Besides, it will give you dish the real Italian touch! Remember that using high-quality ingredients and a great dressing is especially important for recipes with few ingredients.

If you’d like to add a bit more flavor and color, toss in a few black olives or a hot pepper to give it some kick.

Make the potatoes more flavorful by boiling them with a couple of bay leaves. You can also substitute fresh parsley with cilantro or other herbs like mint.

If you want to travel to a different Mediterranean country while you enjoy your octopus dish, give our traditional Galician octopus recipe a try for another more traditional way to enjoy this nutritious and delicious food.

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