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This Seafood Cocktail is a typical dish of both Latin American and Spanish cuisine. Depending on the country and the area it may have a different presentation and ingredients. 

This seafood cocktail is a kind of meat or fish stew that can be served hot or cold, which is characterized by presenting the ingredients shredded or in very small pieces. The Latin American seafood cocktail is usually meat and hot, and the Spanish seafood cocktail is usually fish and cold. 

In today’s recipe you can learn how to prepare the Spanish version of seafood cocktail, which is prepared with fish and/or seafood marinated in vinaigrette mixed with other vegetables and eaten cold. It can also be found in other countries of Mediterranean origin, so enjoy this delicious seafood cocktail recipe!

  • To share: 4 people
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Time: 40 min
  • Ideal for: Starter / Dinner
  • Calories: 137 Kcal/100g

The octopus cocktail is a humble dish typical of the islands and the Mediterranean coasts that uses fish and vegetables typical of the area seasoned with the best olive oil, vinegar or lemon as ingredients. This dish always looks good both for everyday use and for a special occasion.

Do you want to prepare a simple and delicious octopus cocktail in a short time?  Keep reading! Furthermore, we give you a few ideas so that from this basic recipe you can prepare other delightful ones.



Ingredients for four people:

A tray of 400g of cooked octopus from el Rey del Pulpo.
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 medium onion
2 tomatoes
A few sprigs of parsley or cilantro (optional)
For the dressing:
Olive oil
Lemon or vinegar
Pepper (optional)


  • The first thing to do is to prepare the octopus. If you have bought it cooked and frozen, put it in a bowl with water for about 30 minutes without taking it out of its package. If you have chosen to buy refrigerated octopus, the fastest and most convenient option, take it out of the fridge and cut it as requested in the recipe.
  • Wash the vegetables very well and cut them in brunoise (small squares). You can save the tomato juice to add to the vinaigrette, it will give it a very special flavor.
  • Cut the octopus into cubes or slices of 1 cm. The easiest way to do it is with the help of a knife.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a salad bowl.
  • Dress with oil, vinegar and salt. Sprinkle a little bit of parsley and if you want, a little bit of paprika.
  • As a final step: Place the octopus cocktail in the refrigerator for at least half an hour in order to give it freshness and to enhance the flavor of the ingredients.

For the dressing:

  • You can choose to dress the dish with a drizzle of olive oil, the juice of half a lemon, salt or pepper or make a vinaigrette by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. Remember, if you add the tomato juice, it will be simply wonderful. You can also add crushed boiled egg yolk.
  • Like many other recipes, the octopus cocktail can be made with different ingredients. You can add all kinds of vegetables and even some fruit. We recommend avocado, cucumber or celery. You can also add other fish or seafood such as mussels, shrimps or prawns.


If you want a fresh and very nutritious dish without adding extra calories or difficult digestion for the summer, go for the canarian style octopus seafood cocktail. Octopus, in addition to protein, provides calcium, phosphorus, iodine, selenium, sodium, magnesium, zinc and B vitamins. Together with the vitamins, minerals and fiber from the vegetables, this makes it an ideal dish for a healthy and balanced diet.

Other fresh and healthy recipes you could try are octopus with hummus and a Peruvian octopus ceviche.

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