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Aug 19, 2010 05:58 PM

I put too much lemon juice

in my marinade for some baby octopus that I want to grill. Is there a way to fix it?

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  1. Make some marinade without the lemon juice and combine.

    Add some sugar.

    Or, don't worry about it. It's lemon juice.

    1 Reply
    1. re: ipsedixit

      Salt makes lemon taste sweeter, counterintuitive as that sounds.

    2. You could just marinate it for less time, but I think ipsedixit nailed it with the dilution.

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      1. re: iluvcookies

        The octopus is already in it. I put lemon juice, evoo, garlic, s and p, cilantro and oregano. My dh cooked some up and said it was too sour from the lemon juice. I was looking for a way to salvage the rest. I was just making the marinade w/o a recipe. I was going for something that you would get as a warm appetizer at a greek restaurant. ANy recipes for future use would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

        1. re: lilmomma

          How long was it in the marinade? In my experience you can only marinate seafood for a short time, maybe half an hour.
          Your flavors sound right though.

          1. re: lilmomma

            try adding it to a soup, and add some sweetness to counterbalance?

            1. re: lilmomma

              Um, octopus ceviche?? Too much citric acid will make the seafood tough & chewy. Don't cook it next time.

              1. re: Phurstluv

                It's still marinating. LOL. I just never got around to grilling it after my dh told me that is was sour, I lost interest bec I did not know how to fix it. So I guess it is ceviche. HA HA. we'll see what happens. I am working today so I won't get around to it til tomorrow.

                Emme, I like your idea of soup. Perhaps someone has a recipe for a soup with sour overmarinated octopus?!?!?! LOL.

                Anyway, I got the octopus on sale and was just trying to experiment.

                1. re: lilmomma

                  At this point it won't be very good as it's been marinating for days. If you do ceviche, it really should only marinate for a couple of hours at the most. I'd throw it away and chalk it up to a lesson learned, though you could always try it in hopes that it wouldn't be too bad, but citric acid + seafood + days = not very good IMHO.

                  1. re: lilmomma

                    try doing something with red chili flakes, garlic, broth and maybe some broccoli and mushrooms for texture. a dash of miso might also serve as a counterbalance for the lemon.