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Grilled Octopus with Strawberry Salsa Recipe

Okay, we know what you’re thinking: Octopus? Strawberry salsa? What is this supposed to taste like? We’re asking you to take a leap of faith with this one, but trust us – if you like calamari and other similar dishes, this octopus recipe won’t taste that far off.

Grilled Octopus with Strawberry Salsa

Although most seafood recipes are typically served with veggies (or nothing at all), this dish plays off the salty flavor of the octopus by combining it with a sweet strawberry salsa that’s easy to prepare and awesome once done.

This probably isn’t the kind of dish you could try serving to your kids (unless they’re especially adventurous), but if you’re searching for an impressive and pescatarian-friendly option, this dish is perfect!

Octopus might seem like a real specialty protein, and it is – you won’t be able to find it at your local supermarket (unless there’s a large Asian offering there). Your best bet is to check out local seafood counters and ask if they have octopus or if it is offered seasonally.

You can always order frozen octopus online as well. No matter where you purchase it, the octopus should have already been cleaned. The same applies when sourcing the strawberries for this dish – if these are in season, try your hand at berry picking and get the freshest you can!

The flavors of this dish are so distinctive; it really is one that we recommend preparing on its own. However, if you need a little something extra for this dish, we think adding a serving of cauliflower rice or breadsticks would be the perfect way to fill your plate.

Grilled Octopus with Strawberry Salsa Recipe

Serves: 2 Prep: 20 min Cook: 45 min

Ingredients

Strawberry Salsa Ingredients

Grilled Octopus with Strawberry Salsa Recipe Preparation

Preparation

  1. Place octopus in a saucepan filled with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer the octopus for 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the octopus from the saucepan and cool.
  4. In a bowl, combine the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh cilantro; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Slice the octopus and place in a large bowl; drizzle with the lemon-olive oil marinade.
  6. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  7. Combine all of the ingredients for the salsa in a bowl, season to taste, and refrigerate.
  8. Grill the octopus on the grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until charred.
  9. Serve the octopus topped with strawberry salsa.
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Grilled Octopus with Strawberry Salsa Recipe

If you're feeling adventurous, consider trying this grilled octopus and strawberry salsa recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled octopus, octopus, salsa, strawberry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 864kcal
Cost 10

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. fresh octopus
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 to 12 strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 6 to 8 mini sweet bell peppers sliced thinly
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • Juice and zest from 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place octopus in a saucepan filled with water and bring to a boil.
    2 lb. fresh octopus
  • Simmer the octopus for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the octopus from the saucepan and cool.
  • In a bowl, combine the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh cilantro; season with salt and pepper to taste.
    2 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup olive oil, Juice from 1 lemon, 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Slice the octopus and place in a large bowl; drizzle with the lemon-olive oil marinade.
    Juice from 1 lemon
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Combine all of the ingredients for the salsa in a bowl, season to taste, and refrigerate.
    10 to 12 strawberries, 6 to 8 mini sweet bell peppers, Juice and zest from 1 lime, 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, Freshly ground black pepper, 1 green onion
  • Grill the octopus on the grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until charred.
  • Serve the octopus topped with strawberry salsa.

Nutrition

Calories: 864kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 1068mg | Potassium: 2549mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 13058IU | Vitamin C: 522mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 26mg