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Fresh or Fresh Frozen Octopus ?

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I hope to track some down for a Greek-style grilled Octopus - can't seem to find it on the NS and does not seem to be readily available in the Boston area. Any clues?

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  1. C Mart in Chinatown has it..thawed or frozen.

    If you don't want to come into the city, I'd guess most of the large Asian markets in the suburbs would have it.

    1. New Deal Seafood (fish market) on Cambridge St in East Cambridge carries it fresh

      1. Saw some frozen at the Market Basket in Reading yesterday. In the back of the store where all the meats are, in a case with smelts, sardines and other goodies.

        1. Depends on how big you want it. There are some frozen at the Newton WF which look pretty appealing. They're not tough adult sized but not the too-small babies either. 2 to a package. I make Greek octopus fairly regularly and I'd happily make these.

          I'd be wary of "fresh" since I don't think they come from local waters and I can't imagine they travel over distance well. Besides, what you find most places as "fresh" is actually thawed, like 9lives said.

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          1. re: Scruffy The Cat

            A recent conversation w/ a boston chef verified what you have said- that frozen is how octopus is sold in boston. In addition,this chef said that frozen is actually preferred because the freezing tenderizes the normally tough meat, saving the chef (all or some?)of the beating stage of prep.

            Reading sounds like the OP's most northern outlet so far , but fyi ,Courthouse has it frozen as well.

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            Courthouse Fish Market
            484 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              Fantastic - and the freezing apparently indeed preps it - I am on the trail!!! Just realizing though that it won't likely re-freeze too well so buying it frozen is the way to go.

              There are no hounds like Boston hounds! Thanks y'all!

            2. re: Scruffy The Cat

              WF in Bedford has the frozen packages too. I bought the squid and mixed seafood packages from the same manufacturer recently and was quite happy with them. Bedford also carries the Philippine Baby Octopus product in frozen bricks of 2.5 lbs and often has the same available pre-thawed around holiday time.

            3. David's Fish Market in Salisbury and Market Basket stores always have frozen available.

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              Fish Market
              170 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134