Thursday, September 14, 2017

Grilled Octopus & Potatoes Salad #fishfridayfoodies


It's time for Fish Friday Foodies' September event. We are a group of seafood-loving bloggers, rallied by Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm, to share fish and seafood recipes on the third Friday of the month. This is, easily, my favorite recipe sharing event of the month. I always come away with a list of recipes that I just have to try!

This month, Wendy is hosting. She asked us to toss some fish or seafood on the grill and share it with you all. 

One of our favorite appetizers is grilled octopus. We order it anytime we see it on the menu. So, I thought it would make a nice addition to our round-up. It does take time as the octopus is braised, then marinates overnight, and is grilled just before serving. But, I think, it's worth the effort!

The Grill Line-Up



Grilled Octopus & Potatoes Salad

Ingredients
Octopus
  • one 5 to 6 lb. octopus, beak removed
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • one 1” knob fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 T hot chile paste
  • 2 t coriander seeds
  • 2 T fish sauce
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 T unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 C sake
  • 1 C fish stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 2 C water
  • 1 T toasted sesame oil
  • Also needed: grill pan (I like cast iron) or an actual grill
Potatoes
  • 2 pounds baby potatoes (I like to use different kinds and colors for visual interest)
  • 1 organic onion, peeled and cubed
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil
Sesame Vinaigrette
  • 2 T rice wine vinegar
  • 6 T olive oil
  • 1 t toasted sesame oil
  • black sesame seeds, optional


Procedure
Octopus
Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or heavy lidded pot. Add garlic, ginger, chile paste, and coriander seeds, cooking until fragrant, approximately 3 minutes. Add fish sauce, lime juice, vinegar, sake, and stock. Pour in 2 C water and bring to a boil.

Add octopus to liquid, reduce heat, and partially cover pot. Simmer gently, turning octopus occasionally, until flesh is tender enough to cut with a spoon, approximately 60 to 70 minutes. 

Pour sesame oil into the cooking liquid. Let both the octopus and the liquid cool. Then pour the liquid over the octopus in a dish with a lid and marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Bring the octopus to room temperature before cooking. While the octopus is warming, cook your potatoes.


Potatoes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place bite-sized pieces of potato and onion in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Turn the potatoes onto a parchment-lined piece of paper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes. The potatoes will be browned and crisped on the outside, soft on the inside. 


Octopus
Heat a large skillet or a grill pan, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Slice the octopus into large pieces - I like to keep the tentacles mostly intact and cut the body into 2" cubes or so. Grill to get nice char marks on the octopus.

Sesame Vinaigrette
In a mason jar, pour the rice wine vinegar, olive oil, and sesame oil. Add in the black sesame seeds, if using. Place the lid on the jar and shake to emulsify.

To Serve
Place the potatoes in large mixing bowl. Toss with vinaigrette and scoop into a serving bowl. Lay octopus pieces over the top and serve immediately.

5 comments:

  1. I have never had grilled octopus but this dish sounds ahhhhmazing Cam.

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  2. Oh! I just saw frozen octopus at my local fish market! I'm definitely going to try this! <3 P~

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  3. This sounds really good and may actually get my to try cooking octopus! I love that it's grilled at the end to give it some char.

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  4. This is absolutely one of our favorite things too, Camilla. We order it out and I make it at home as well. Our favorites are the little baby octopuses (octopi?) that don't need as long a braising time. I love that you turned yours into a salad with potatoes!

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  5. I love octopus, and have never tried grilling it. A friend of mine does play with octopus and brings it to our gatherings from time to time. I want to try this, and the idea of turning it into a salad, that's even better.

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