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Lemon Octopus

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: place in fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight
    •    Cook time: about 2 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 8


    •    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    •    125mls (1/2 cup) olive oil
    •    2kg baby octopus, prepared
    •    185mls (3/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
    •    Salt & ground black pepper, to taste
    •    1/2 cup chopped fresh Continental parsley


  1. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and parsley in a large bowl and whisk well. Season with salt and pepper. Add octopus to the lemon marinade and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight, tossing it occasionally.
  2. Preheat barbecue grill or a chargrill on high. Drain octopus and reserve the marinade for basting. Cook the octopus on preheated barbecue grill or chargrill in 2 separate batches, brushing with the reserved marinade frequently, for 2 minutes or until just cooked. Serve octopus warm or at room temperature.

This great family recipe is thanks to Taste Recipes at


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