Grilled Octopus: Easy and Delicious

If you’re looking for a simple recipe, yet far from conventional, you’ve come to the right place! Here we’ll teach you how to cook an easy and delicious grilled octopus with cayenne pepper and lemon. This Spanish inspired dish combines perfectly with a fresh salad, for sure your dining table will look like a restaurant.

Some people may never try a slice of an octopus in their lives due to its appearance, missing the chance to try a different and delicious type of meat. Fortunately, this meat is very popular in Spain and other South American countries, like Argentina.

It’s one of those ‘ugly delicious’ cuts, like cow tongue. Cuts that don’t look that pretty at first, but are actually incredibly delicious. Most people don’t know that octopus is tender and delicate, and grilling it over charcoal makes it spectacular.


Tips to cook the octopus properly?

First, you want to source a fresh, not pre-cooked octopus. It’s ok if it’s frozen or thawed, but it has to be raw. Next, the most common way to soften the meat is to boil it. This way your  grilled octopus will be tender to the bite and juicy.

Another tip is to not over grill it, while cooking, or they will turn rubbery and chewy. As soon as the tentacles or limbs curl up and the flesh turns white or opaque in color, they are cooked. Now, let’s go to the recipe!


You’re going to need:

  • 1 lb boiled octopus
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper
  • Lemon wedges


How to make grilled octopus?

  1. Season the boiled octopus with olive oil, salt, ground black pepper and cayenne pepper.
  2. Fire up a grill and quickly grill the octopus over direct heat until the surface is slightly charred. Turn over and grill the other side.
  3. Remove the grilled octopus and slice into pieces. Serve immediately with some fresh spring mix salad of your preference and lemon wedges. It’s indicated to serve immediately.


As you’ve seen, it’s a very simple recipe that you can do at home to escape from routine and cook something different. 

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