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I put too much lemon juice

lilmomma Aug 19, 2010 05:58 PM

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

  1. iluvcookies Aug 19, 2010 07:28 PM

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

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    1. re: iluvcookies
      lilmomma Aug 19, 2010 08:27 PM

      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
        iluvcookies Aug 20, 2010 06:32 AM

        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
          Emme Aug 20, 2010 02:41 PM

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

          1. re: lilmomma
            Phurstluv Aug 20, 2010 05:31 PM

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

            1. re: Phurstluv
              lilmomma Aug 21, 2010 09:57 AM

              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
                jameshig Aug 21, 2010 03:16 PM

                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
                  Emme Aug 21, 2010 11:04 PM

                  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.

          2. ipsedixit Aug 19, 2010 07:10 PM

            Make some marinade without the lemon juice and combine.

            Add some sugar.

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

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            1. re: ipsedixit
              greygarious Aug 19, 2010 07:23 PM

              Salt makes lemon taste sweeter, counterintuitive as that sounds.

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