Homemade Octopus Salad

There are many ways to cook octopus salad, and this is our way 🙂 It is very simple! Here are the ingredients for 4 people.

  • Octopus – 1.5lb
  • Red Onion – 1
  • Roma Tomato – 3
  • Lemon – 2
  • Italian Parsley – as much as you like
  • Garlic – 6 clove
  • White Wine – 1 cup
  • Basil (Optional)
  • Salt – 1 table spoon
  • Pepper – 1 table spoon
  • Olive Oil – 1/2 cup


We bought this octopus at Whole Foods Market. It’s really fresh and cleaned thoroughly already. But if it’s slimy, rub it with a lot of salt. It helps removing sliminess.


Submerge the octopus into boiling water for three seconds and take it out, and do this process for three times. You will see tentacles gradually curl. Add one cup of white wine to the water and boil the octopus for 30 – 40 mins. Then, move the octopus into a bowl of cold water with ice, and let it rest.


After the octopus is cool down, remove the skin with your fingers, it comes off easily, then, cut it diagonally about quarter inch pieces. Slice one red onion very thin or chop it very finely, and put it in a bowl of water for 10 mins to reduce its strong flavor. Then pad-dry with paper towel thoroughly. Dice three tomatoes and one lemon into less than an inch pieces. And crash six garlic cloves. Add the sliced octopus and vegetables with 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1 table spoon of salt and pepper into a nice bowl. Sprinkle chopped parsley and squeeze one lemon. Finally marinate them well and let them in the fridge for about two hours. Please give a bite and adjust saltiness and pepperiness as you like.


Octopus absorbs juice from these ingredients and gets so tender and flavorful. Lemon and parsley make it very fresh. Tomatoes make it sweet and red onion gives it a nice kick! Octopus is highly nutritious but low in calories.  This recipe is quite easy and very delicious!


43 thoughts on “Homemade Octopus Salad

  1. Having lived in Spain for fifteen years I have eaten octopus a number of ways but still admit to finding it daunting to prepare! However, you have provided an excellent tutorial and a delicious sounding recipe that I will try.. although getting hold of an octopus here in Ireland might be a little more slippery than previously. thanks for following my blog and look forward to more of your posts.. Will add this to my blogger daily.. best wishes Sally

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  2. I nearly gave this page a miss – but glad I did not in the end. I used your marinate/sauce to make a salad especially for my husband with – baby squid!!! 🙂 Absolutely delicious – happy husband – happy me!!! There is very little I refuse to eat or cook and octopus is at the top of my list. Just looking at your really pretty photographs made me s..k – so I quickly scrolled over them 🙂 Look forward to some other recipes of yours. Carina

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  3. Wow… just what i am waiting for to get a very easy and simple recipe… you make it real simple and easy to make. I definitely will try this and pass to family and friends to try this cool simple recipe. Thanks for posted it! Make my cooking experience more excited everyday! Love it and your one by one steps pics really help a lot. Good pics and indeed make me drooling more!!

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  4. This looks great and seems like it would be a very refreshing dish. It reminds me a little bit of Hawaiian poké because the octopus is served cold and mixed with fresh ingredients. I really liked the way you explained how to cook the octopus as well.

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