Grilled Octopus


In this grilled octopus recipe, tenderized octopus is char-grilled and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and a sprinkling of fresh parsley. Simple, yet deliciously satisfying!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns

  • 1 wine cork

  • 3 ½ pounds octopus, head and beak removed

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • ½ medium lemon

  • ½ tablespoon minced fresh parsley

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Fill a large pot 1/2 full with water. Add 2 tablespoons kosher salt, peppercorns, and the wine cork; bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Meanwhile, place octopus on a cutting board. Using a wooden spoon or meat mallet, pound the octopus multiple times, starting in the middle and moving down each tentacle to tenderize the meat.

  3. Dip tentacles into the boiling water 3 times, holding them in the boiling water 2 to 3 seconds each time, until the tentacles curl up. Submerge entire octopus in the boiling water. Bring water back to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until octopus is fork-tender, 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  5. Grill octopus until charred on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  6. Remove from heat, slice into pieces, and place on a serving platter. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and squeeze lemon over the top. Sprinkle with parsley and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

384 Calories
9g Fat
11g Carbs
62g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 384
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 199mg 66%
Sodium 2899mg 126%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 62g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 229mg 18%
Iron 20mg 112%
Potassium 1329mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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