Another favourite of mine and also a very popular dish around here. We eat a lot of octopus back home and it’s actually one of our traditional Christmas dishes. The most popular recipe is “Octopus Rice” but we also enjoy it grilled or in salads.
This recipe for octopus in the oven was adapted from what we do back home and the way I’ve seen it being cooked here. It was the first time I was cooking octopus. As I always heard that it was hard to get it tender, I’ve searched online for the best techniques. Most of the suggestions involved using a pressure cooker or boiling the octopus in water and onion for hours. But I wasn’t convinced. There must be an easier way. Then I found a video on youtube showing that it’s possible to cook the octopus in one hour without any water and using a normal pan. “How strange” I thought. But the video was proving it and I decided to try it. And you know what? It works… the octopus will release his own water which will be salty and will cook in it. And it comes tender and so tasty!!! Seems unbelievable? You have to try to believe it then 🙂
Octopus in the oven
- 4 small octopus
- 500 g baby potatoes
- 1 onion onion sliced
- 100 ml olive oil
- 100 g chorizo diced
- 1 bunch of parsley tied together
- 1/2 red pepper cut into strips
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 chilli
- 150 ml white wine
- Rosemary to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven - 180C
- In a pan, place the octopus (defrosted) and cook over low heat very gently for about 1 hour. Do not add water or salt. The octopus will cook in its own water.
- In a baking tray, place the bay leaf, onion, pepper and potatoes. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary. Drizzle with 5 tbsp of olive oil and half of the wine.
- Bake in the oven for 20 min.
- In a frying pan, heat half of the remaining olive oil and add the garlic, chorizo and the bunch of parsley. Let it cook for a few minutes.
- After 20 min, remove the tray from the oven and move the potatoes to the sides. In the centre, place the octopus. Over the octopus and the potatoes, spread the garlic and chorizo stew, the octopus cooking water and the remaining wine.
- Check the seasoning and drizzle with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary.
- Bake in the oven for 30/40 min.