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Preparing octopus on the Big Green Egg

Octopus. You hate it or you love it. Some people don’t want to think of eating it. And others will blindly order it when they see it on the menu of a good restaurant.

I count myself into the second group. And it’s not limited to ordering it in restaurants, I like to prepare it at home too. Preferably grilling it on the Big Green Egg.

Having experimented with it several times, this has come out as the best way of preparing it. You can do it with a whole octopus (make sure you clean out the sand in the head) or with just the tentacles.

This needs some preparation a few hours in advance. I bring a pan of water with a dash of vinegar to a boil, and put the octopus in. Bring it to a boil again, and cook for just 2 or 3 minutes. Then put out the fire, and with the lid on, let the octopus cool down in the cooking moisture. Leave it at least 4 hours in.

Fire up the Big Green Egg till around 250 degrees Celsius (480 Fahrenheit) Take the octopus out of the water and dry it. You can now put some salt on. Then grill it for around 5 minutes, or until it looks good.

Fresh octopus straight from the fish market

Fresh octopus straight from the fish market

 

Cooking the octopus before grilling

Cooking it before grilling

 

Octopus on the Big Green Egg

On the Big Green Egg

 

Octopus dish with potato, bell pepper, courgette and basil oil

Octopus dish with potato, bell pepper, courgette and basil oil

 

 

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