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Dec 17, 2011 01:02 PM

Help me grill a wild caught Portugues octopus

Had out of town visitors who brought me a 3.5 lb whole octopus (wild caught from Portugal). I would love to grill in on Christmas Eve (doing a seven fishes meal). I can't tell if it's already been partially cooked or is raw.
Can anyone give me some advice on how to grill it and get that smokey char while ensuring tenderness. Want to do an EVOO and lemon juice drizzle and serve simply something like....

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  1. I recently borrowed "The Mozza Cookbook" from my local library. Just this morning I was looking through it and came across this recipe for grilled octopus. I've never cooked octopus, but I often enjoy it as an appetizer, grilled, at one of my favorite New York City restaurants. After reading through the recipe I decided it was too labor intensive for me to try, but, since you've already got the octopus, I think that even if you don't use the recipe, there's some important information about getting it tender that you can glean from it. The grilled octopus pictured in the book looks like what you're after.

    EDIT: I'm not sure if that link will work for you. If it doesn't, either Google "grilled octopus recipe from mozza cookbook" and you should be taken to the right place, OR, on the page where the link takes you, enter "grilled octopus" in the box to the left of where it says "search inside.".

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    1. re: CindyJ

      Thanks; link doesn't work but google will.