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Octopus Stifado – Χταπόδι στιφάδο

3 comments Mar 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Fish, Recipes

Al classic dish of the Greek Cuisine and a must during lent. The Stifado with Octopus is one of my favourite Greek dishes. Stifado can be made with chicken, lamb, or veal but the verison with octopus is the most delicious, at least for me.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
cooking time: 100 minutes
easy recipe


  • 1 Octopus (1 kg)
  • 3/4 kilo small onions
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 4 TS Accetto Balsamico
  • 1 glass dry white wine
  • 2 TS tomato paste
  • a cinnamon stick
  • a few bay leaves
  • some chili flakes
  • some olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 TS sugar


Let your fish dealer prepare the octopus. Place the octopus in a pot that fits it easily ant place a lid on top. Do not add any water and bring to boil on low heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Take the octopus out and let it cool down on a plate. Save the juices in the pot for later.

Use the same pot to fry the peeled small onions in olive oil until they have some colour. Add the sugar after a few minutes. Let it caramelize then add the vinegar. A thick sauce will develop on the bottom of the pot. Now add the bay leaves, the cinnamon, the chili, salt and pepper. Cut the tomato into the pot, add the tomato paste and a glass of white wine as well as the liquid form boiling the octopus. cover and let it boil for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile cut the octopus into small pieces. Then add the octopus to the pot and let is cook on very low heat for 40 minutes, the pot not covered so it thickens.

Tip: To store it I remove the cinnamon stick. It may turn a bit bitter when kept for a while.

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  1. A fine dish Tobias and a good reason to open a good bottle of Greek red wine. Have a good Sabb-Kyriako.

  2. That dish looks really wonderful and tasty! It makes me want to go to Greece



  3. There are many more regions in Greece that historically supplied a nectar to humans that was also fit for Godly consumption.
    By the way olive oil was also considered to be one of the nectars of the Greek Gods. No wonder red wine just seems to go down so well with so many of the great tapenades, salads, breads and spreads that are associated with traditional Greek cuisine.
    I have some of wine list westchester has.

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