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Stewed octopus: the recipe to make it soft and tasty

Stewed octopus: the recipe to make it soft and tasty


Extra virgin olive oil

Il Octopus In Wet it’s a second dish of fish typical of traditional Italian cuisine. Tasty and easy to prepare, it is necessary though clean it well and pay attention during the cooking of the octopus so that it stays soft.

To make this dish to perfection you need a few simple ingredients: flavor the octopus by cooking it in a saucepan with tomatoes, olio, garlic ed herbsthen blend with a glass of white wine to make the dish even tastier.

A great classic to be enjoyed with slices of toast and also serve in small pots or earthenware pans, just as tradition requires. To make this dish even tastier, you can prepare the Apulian variant with potatoesor add olive e capers.

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How to clean octopus

A few simple steps are enough for a perfect octopus cleaning:

  • rinse all the octopus under cold running water, paying particular attention to the suction cups that could hold some sand;
  • remove the beak, eyes and pouch from the head;
  • rinse once more under cold running water.

How to prepare stewed octopus

Clean the octopus thoroughly or buy one that is already clean, then cut it into small pieces with the help of a sharp knife 1.

Put the octopus and a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan with high sides 2.

Let it brown for a few minutes 3.

Blend with white wine 4making sure the alcohol evaporates completely.

Add the tomato puree 5.

Add the cherry tomatoes 6.

Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper 7.

Combine a clove of garlic 8. Cover everything and cook for at least another 15 minutes.

Taste, season with salt if necessary and check the consistency. Only when the octopus is soft enough, turn off the heat and add the chopped parsley 9.

Serve the stewed octopus with slices of toast 10.


Depending on the size of the octopus you want to stew, the cooking time and texture of its meat can vary, but also the final taste.

The one used in the recipe that you have previously read, is a maiolino, a small octopus.
However, we can say that stewed cooking lends itself very well to all varieties, the advice, therefore, is to choose the octopus according to your tastes, but also to let yourself be advised by your trusted fishmonger based on the catch of the day and to its freshness.

A good practice to ensure a good result in terms of consistency of the meat is to beat the tentacles after cleaning the octopus, in this way you will intervene on the fibers making them more tender.

How to preserve stewed octopus

Stewed octopus can be stored in the refrigerator for maximum two days closed in an airtight container. It is not recommended to freeze it, but if you have no alternative, it should be consumed within 1 week.

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