|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 3 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||13%|
|Total Carbohydrate 31g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||24%|
|Total Sugars 9g|
|Vitamin C 121mg||605%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Don't be scared off by the fact that this Greek dish requires a whole baby octopus. The rich, meltingly tender taste of the marinated octopus mixed with the smoky taste of the grill makes believers out of skeptics. It's a great seafood dish to prepare when the weather gets hot.
Enjoy these grilled octopuses as an appetizer, or for a meal; cook up some fingerling potatoes and grilled veggies, or your favorite sides.
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"The wonderfully flavorful lemon-oregano marinade comes through even with a short marinade time making this grilled octopus recipe a keeper, especially when starting with frozen cooked and thawed octopus. The entire recipe comes together easily and made me feel like a star in front of my guests." —Mary Jo Romano
1 to 1 1/4 pounds cooked octopus, thawed if frozen
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano, or 1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Lemon wedges, for serving
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a plastic bag or container with a tight-fitting lid, place the octopus, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, oregano, salt, pepper, cloves, and garlic.
Massage the marinade into the octopus and put it in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes to marinade. Massage it periodically during the marinating phase.
Fire up the grill to high. If you have a gas or charcoal grill, it is vital that you add some kind of wood smoke. Without it, the dish becomes far less interesting.
While the grill is heating, skewer the little octopi (if using wooden skewers, soak for 30 minutes before skewering). It's a good thing if some of the herbs or garlic from the marinade sticks to the octopus, but it's not essential.
Grill over the smoky fire, covered, for 2 to 3 minutes.
Turn them over and grill for 1 to 2 minutes more.
Serve while still hot with lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy.
- Choose a favorite hardwood to create the smoke. Use soaked wood chunks, placing them on charcoal or in a grill-safe container on a gas grill.
- One easy option is to soak hickory sawdust overnight, dump it into a makeshift bowl made from heavy-duty foil, and place that on the grill.