Octopus Octopus

Octopus is the larger cousin of the squid and considered quite a delicacy.

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Appearance

A soft head and mantle with 8 tentacles and a ‘beak’ mouth at the centre of its arms. They walk or swim using their tentacles and escape predators using a jet-propelled motion.

Size

Around 1kg, yields about 3 x 300g portions

Seasonality

Varied availability throughout the year

Oil Content

Low

Price Guide

High

Portion Size

Tentacle slices

Alternatives

Squid, cuttlefish

How To Cook

Octopus can be tough if not tenderised before cooking – this requires boiling in salty water for about an hour. After pre-cooking, pan-fry, grill or stew the octopus until tender. Tastes great with strong, sharp flavours.



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