Properly cooking an octopus might seem difficult, but it can actually be super easy.
This technique is great for achieving a very tender result before adding it to a dish or serving as it is. You can cook the octopus and then grill it, serve it as sashimi, or use it creatively on various preparations.
Feel free to add different spices to the cooking water, according to your preferences.
Want to clean your own octopus? Find out how here on CREME!
Cut 1 red onion in half
Add to a pot filled with 5 L of water
Add 2 tbsp of black peppercorns
Add 4 bay leaves
Add 1 handful of salt. Bring water to a boil
Reduce heat until water is at a simmer
Dunk the cleaned octopus 3 to 5 times in the simmering water until the tentacles roll up
Submerge the octopus and cover with a weight. Let simmer approximately 1h until tender
Check the octopus regularly. When it is ready, the octopus should be tender but the skin should remain a little bit firm
Transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking, remove once chilled. The octopus is finished cooking
The octopus is ready to be pan-seared, fried, grilled or marinated
Yield 2 people
Dried Bay Leaf4 leaves
Ice Cubeas needed
Black Pepper2 tbsp