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grilled octopus on top of sliced fennel salad

Grilled Octopus Salad

A lot of restaurant chefs are featuring grilled octopus salad nowadays. This step-by-step recipe and video will show you how to make it at home on the grill
4.5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4


Grilled Octopus

  • fresh octopus
  • 1 large pot of water
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 wine cork

Citrus Vinaigrette

  • 1 orange juiced and zested
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes

Fennel Salad</strong

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 tbsp fennel fronds


Steam Octopus

  • Heat a pot of water on a stove over medium-high heat. Holding the head of the octopus, dip the tentacles in the water for 10 seconds. Lift it back out. Repeat three times. This will cause the tentacles to curl. Drop the entire octopus in the water.
  • Add the juices, salt, pepper, wine and wine cork. Cover and simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. The tentacles should be tender when pierced with a knife.

Make Salad

  • While the octopus is cooking, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients in a large bowl. Toss 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette in a separate bowl with the sliced fennel.

Grill Octopus

  • When the octopus is tender, remove it to a cutting board. Cut off the tentacles and discard the head. Place the tentacles in the vinaigrette. Soak for 30 minutes to overnight.
  • Heat the grill to high. Place the tentacles on the grill and cook, until charred on all sides.


  • Add a mound of fennel to a plate. Top with 2-3 pieces of grilled octopus. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Sprinkle with fennel fronds for garnish.


Calories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 2gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1198mgPotassium: 523mgFiber: 6gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 240IUVitamin C: 80.4mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 1.4mg
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