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Cooking Octopus [Moved from Washington DC board]

James G Jul 8, 2006 01:36 PM

This is a very Greek thing, so I would suggest you try a Greek restaurant; it's also VERY easy to make yourself--you just take an octopus, put a bit of olive oil on it, grill it, and then sprinkle with lemon juice and oregano.

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  1. ko1 RE: James G Jul 8, 2006 02:24 PM

    I think you need to braise it first or it will be tough.

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      kare_raisu RE: ko1 Jul 8, 2006 02:34 PM

      i have heard that the octupus can be soaked overnight in milk for tenderness

    2. James G RE: James G Jul 9, 2006 01:38 AM

      No, you do not need to do either of those things. So long as you cook it quickly, it will be OK, especially if you find young octopus. If you buy a whole adult octopus, as I have done occasionally at Maine Avenue (to the disgust of the children of other shoppers), you can beat it against a rock if you happen to have a rock lying nearby, but it's not really necessary.

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