Grilled Octopus with Garlic, Lemon and Thyme

octopusI was so inspired by Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s win on Chopped Grill Masters with his Grilled Octopus that I had to look up a recipe to try…minus the fruit pops. So if you’re feeling a bit adventurous and have some time to kill, try this recipe from The New York Times.

Ingredients:
3 pounds cleaned octopus
1 Bay Leaf
4 thyme branches
20 peppercorns
1 teaspoon salt, plus to taste
1 head garlic, cut in half along its equator
3 lemons
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Minced parsley for garnish

Directions:
  1. Combine octopus, bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic and 1 lemon, cut in half, in saucepan along with water to cover. Turn heat to medium, cover, and bring to boil. Adjust heat so that liquid simmers slowly, and cook until octopus is tender, for 30 to 90 minutes, depending on whether you’re using two smaller octopuses or 1 larger one (check for doneness with point of sharp knife). Drain, discarding everything but octopus. (You can prepare this 24 hours in advance up to this point; cover, and refrigerate octopus.) Set aside.
  2. Start charcoal or wood fire, or preheat gas grill; fire should be very hot. Place grill rack about 4 inches from heat source. Cut octopus into large serving pieces, brush it with half the olive oil, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Grill it quickly until outside browns but inside is not dried out. Cut remaining lemon into wedges.
  3. Brush octopus with remaining olive oil. Serve with lemon wedges, hot or at room temperature, garnished with parsley.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!