Char Grilled Baby Octopus

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

Deliciously simply and very easy to prepare. I got this recipe from an Australian ABC TV show. Time does not allow for standing time (3hrs)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring stock, wine and lemon juice to the boil, add the octopus and simmer gently until octopus is tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Mix all marinade ingredients together. Pour over cooked octopus and let stand for at least three hours or preferably overnight.
  3. Heat barbecue or char grill till very hot and quickly sear the octopus until crispy.
  4. Serving Suggestion: Serve with wedges of lemon.
Most Helpful

This recipe is fantastic! I chose it because I liked the cooking process as I have made octopus twice before but it always came out like old boots! The octopus was very tender and I barbecued the final stage which gave it a lovely crispy texture. It really impressed my dinner guests and the four kids, aged 4-7, at the table were fighting over the last pieces! Will definitely make it a staple in my house.

amdb March 15, 2010

This was fantastic and so simple! I love grilled octopus but have never had baby octopus and bought some on a whim. I was searching everywhere for a baby octopus recipe and found yours. The flavors were perfect. I only had one small problem and that was cooking them on the grill. They were so small that when I put them in the grill basket they kept falling through! I ended up grilling them on foil but they didn't get charred or crispy. Nevertheless, they tasted awesome and I realised that the way I ended up cooking them would be great for serving in a salad. Thanks for this fabulous recipe. I'll have to give it a go again maybe under the grill in the oven this time.

Summerwine October 28, 2007