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Greek Grilled Octopus

Although some people are intimidated and perhaps a bit squeamish to try to cook octopus, the resulting dish is delicious and not difficult to make yourself. With this recipe for Greek Grilled Octopus. You can create an impressive dish without much effort.

This recipe uses a pressure cooker but you can also cook in a pot on the stove; just plan for longer cooking time.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 10 minutes
    •    Cook time: 70 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4 - 6


    •    1/2 cup olive oil (to coat)
   •    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
   •    1/2 tbsp crushed Greek oregano
    •    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
    •    4 1/2 pounds octopus, fresh or frozen and defrosted


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Boil a large pot of water. Place the whole octopus in the pot making sure there is enough boiling water to cover generously. When it resumes boiling, cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove form heat and drain.
  4. When cool enough to handle, rub the octopus with your hands under running water to remove the dark outer membrane. This comes off fairly easily, and if it doesn't all come off, that's all right.
  5. Place the octopus in the pressure cooker with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, seal, and when pressure is reached, lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Use quick pressure release, remove the octopus, and drain.
  7. Preheat the grill. When the octopus is cool enough to handle, cut off the tentacles, and cut the head sac into 1/2 inch strips.
  8. Brush with olive oil (or brush the grill) and grill over low coals for about 45 minutes to 1 hour (test for tenderness).
  9. Just before serving, cut tentacles into 3/4 - 1 inch pieces on a diagonal.
  10. Make the sauce by mixing the extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice in the blender until it thickens (this takes just a few seconds).
  11. Pour over the octopus, sprinkle with oregano, and ready to serve.

This great family recipe is thanks to The Spruce Eats at


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