Greek marinated Octopus


  • 1 whole raw octopus
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 whole lemons, squeezed
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ouzo


1. Tenderise the octopus with a meat hammer or by bashing it against the concrete (as they do in Greece) to soften it up. This may take 15 minutes or more, depending on how strong you are. My Yia yia (Grandmother) had strong forearms, so she was quick.
2. Cut and clean the octopus into pieces about twice the size of a serving because the meat will shrink when cooked.
3. Combine the vinegar, ouzo, 1/4 cup of the olive oil, garlic, some oregano, salt and pepper.
4. Place marinade in large resealable plastic bag and add octopus.
5. Marinate overnight for best results but 3 hours in the fridge will do.
6. To cook, warm the barbecue to a low to medium heat and lay the meat on the grill. Baste with a mixture of the remaining olive oil, juice from the lemons and the oregano, being careful not to cause a flame to erupt in the barbecue.
7. When the octopus is done (about 15 minutes), plate it and serve.


Cait said...

just came across your blog :) love it! that looks soo yummy!

*Simply Colette* said...

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SuzyEats said...

Great recipe. This not only looks great but is super healthy given all of the ingredients you have included. Fresh garlic and lemon are key!

Cakewhiz said...

I have never had octopus or made it but your picture looks so good that i may have to just try this :)

Elisabeth said...

Just found your blog through twitter. Your Israeli Salad caught my eye, because I also make it, as well. Your octopus dish looks sensational, which I've had often, in Sicily.
I invite you to visit, and follow my blog, as well!

Caveman Home Companion said...

Awsome recipe! I love calamari and I know I'll love this too! Thanks!

ms monty real said...

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amazing chef said...

Wow this one looks good and I wanna try it out. Thank you so much.

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