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 🙂