El Rey del Pulpo > Octopus Recipes > Main Dishes > Octopus Sandwich Recipe

The sandwich dates back to the 18th century, during the times of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Legend has it that he spent hours playing cards at the gambling table and would ask for meat to be served between two slices of bread to keep his fingers clean. This snack was eventually called the sandwich in his honor. At first, it got very popular in Spain and England and eventually, in the 20th century, it became a staple food in the US.

If you’re taking it to work or a picnic, life certainly tastes better between two slices of bread, and putting el Rey del Pulpo octopus in the middle is an even surer bet!

Give this tasty octopus sandwich a try. You’ll keep your fingers clean and delight in the rich flavor of octopus.

  • To share: Serves 2
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Time: 10 min
  • Serve as: Main Course
  • Calories: 240 cal/serving



Serves two:

1 package precooked el Rey del Pulpo octopus
4 slices of your favorite bread
4 slices of your favorite cheese
Olive oil
Balsamic cream or balsamic vinaigrette


  • First, take your precooked el Rey del Pulpo octopus out of the fridge to bring it closer to room temperature.
  • Butter the bread and brown it in a frying pan over medium-low heat.
  • Take the octopus out of the packaging and halve each tentacle lengthwise (or cut into thick chunks) and heat on high in the frying pan with a little bit of olive oil.
  • Lay the hot octopus on top of two slices of bread, set two slices of cheese over each sandwich base and toast for a few minutes in a toaster oven, air fryer, or oven at 350°F.
  • Take out of the oven and top with arugula. Sprinkle some balsamic cream or balsamic vinaigrette on top, shut with the other slice of bread, and enjoy!



Serve with fries. Double-fried are the best! Peel and julienne two potatoes and fry in oil. Remove from oil and drain well. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn up the heat and when the oil is very hot, reintroduce the potatoes in the oil until golden brown. This double-frying process will make the fries soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Feel free to make a homemade sauce to go with your octopus sandwich too! For instance, aioli will give it a scrumptious bite and a Mediterranean flavor.

Looking for more original octopus recipes? Try these octopus empanadas. You’ll also like our delicious Caprese salad skewers.

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