Above and beyond the ingredients, the cooking method, or should I say methods, couldn’t be easier. As long as you braise it gently on low heat, until just tender, and then give it a nice sear before serving, you should be in great shape. This smoky braised octopus is great served with crusty roasted potatoes.
- 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 large bay leaf
- 1 ½ teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 (1 pound) piece Spanish octopus
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup braising liquid
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- salt to taste
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper to taste
- 1 Place chopped onion, garlic cloves, bay leaf, paprika, salt, and 1 tablespoon olive oil into saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until onions start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add white wine to create the braising liquid. Bring to a simmer.
- 2 Transfer octopus into braising liquid, turning to coat with the liquid. Cover; reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 minutes and turn octopus over. Continue cooking until octopus is tender, another 40 to 45 minutes.
- 3 Remove from heat; transfer octopus to a large bowl. Pour braising liquid over octopus. Place bowl above a bowl of ice water to cool to room temperature.
- 4 Cover bowl with plastic wrap when octopus and liquid are cool. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight.
- 5 Transfer octopus to a work surface and mop off braising juices with paper towels; remove as much of the purple skin as you want. Cut octopus into 3 or 4 serving-size pieces. Brush with olive oil.
- 6 Transfer braising liquid to saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Strain out solids; transfer liquid to a mixing bowl; let cool about 10 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, parsley, salt, and cayenne pepper to make the serving sauce.
- 7 Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to high heat. Transfer octopus pieces to grill. Cook until flesh is seared, almost charred, 3 or 4 minutes. Turn and cook other side until dark brown, caramelized, and heated through, another 3 or 4 minutes. Transfer to a platter.
- 8 Slice octopus into fairly thick diagonal slices. Place on a serving dish. Spoon braising liquid mixture over the top. Dust with a bit of cayenne pepper, if desired.
- Calories 513.2
- Carbohydrate 15 g
- Cholesterol 108.9 mg
- Fat 29.7 g
- Fiber 1.8 g
- Protein 35.1 g
- Saturated Fat 4.3 g
- Sodium 2046.4 mg
- Sugar 3.3 g