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Marinated Octopus

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 10 minutes
    •    Cook time: 35 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    Juice of 2 lemons
    •    2/3 cup (165ml) extra virgin olive oil
    •    1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
    •    1kg octopus tentacles or 1 large octopus (head removed), cleaned
    •    Pinch each ground cumin and Aleppo pepper (optional – substitute dried chilli flakes)


  1. Heat 100ml oil in a large saucepan with a fitted lid over high heat. Add octopus and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until colour is evenly changed. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook, turning halfway, for 30 minutes or until tender.
  2. Remove from heat and stand for 15 minutes to cool slightly. Add remaining 65ml oil, lemon juice, cumin and Aleppo pepper, if using, and toss to combine. Transfer octopus to a serving platter, spoon over some cooking juices and scatter with parsley to serve.

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