Grilled octopus with lemon wedges on a blue plate

Easy octopus recipes

Make the most of fresh octopus tentacles with our easy recipes – try chargrilling or pan-frying for a tender centre and crispy edges

Looking for some easy octopus recipes? Want the best barbecue recipes? Fire up the grill and cook octopus tentacles until chargrilled, or simply pan-fry on the stove. See our recipe ideas below and for more inspiration, see our fish recipes or prawn recipes. Try more shellfish dishes with our scallop recipes and lobster recipes.

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Easy octopus recipes

Charred octopus with chilli and lime romesco sauce

Try this simple, refreshing twist on the classic Spanish sauce. Pepped up with chilli and plenty of lime, it works beautifully with the buttery sweet charred octopus.


Pickled mussels and octopus with XO aïoli

Love seafood? Let it shine in this medley of pickled mussels, octopus, fresh herbs, thinly sliced turnips and a quick homemade XO aïoli.


Marinated and grilled octopus

This recipe recommends cooking the octopus slowly to make it really tender, then grilling it for charred, crispy edges. Serve with crusty bread and a glass of white wine.


Octopus black lentil dahl

Want an impressive side to go with your curry? Cook this low-calorie octopus black lentil dahl from Neil Rankin’s restaurant, Temper City. It may take a bit of time, but it’s definitely worth the effort.


Grilled octopus and squid braised lentils and salsa verde

Tender pieces of octopus and florettes of Cornish squid are served on a bed of glossy lentils with tiny cubes of pancetta and an umami-rich green chilli salsa verde.

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