Mediterranean cuisine for every day

Spaghetti with Octopus

2 comments Jul 30th, 2010 | By | Category: easy and fast, Pasta & Gnocchi, Recipes

I was meeting up with a friend to try out some dishes. We were experimenting with Octopus salad so we had some of the octopus left over. Cooking all day long made us hungry, so I decided to fix us a pasta.

I boil the Spaghetti in the sauce which gives a marvelous result. The cooking time of the pasta stretches out though. I can recommend using frozen octopus for this dish. No need to go for the fresh one as the frozen one tastes just fine.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

cooking time: 60 minutes

difficulty: easy


  • 200 gram of frozen Octopus
  • 250 gram of Spaghetti
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • some parsley
  • some lemon juice
  • a sip of red wine
  • Olive oil
  • salt and pepper


I am buying the frozen Octopus in pieces. The whole one is often too much. I defrost the octopus in a pot that just fits it on low heat with a lid on top. Once it is defrosted I am turning up the heat to boil it for 30 minutes. I do not add any water to it. It just boils in its own juice. Once it is cooked I remove the Octopus from the liquid and set it aside to cool down. Keep the boiling water though.

I dice the onion and tomato and fry the onion in a pan with some oil until it changes color. Then I add the diced garlic and give it two minutes to fry. Now I add the tomatoes and the wine. let it boil for a couple of minutes. Then add the spaghetti and the boiling liquid of the octopus to the pan. cover and let it boil on low heat for approximately 20 minutes. The boiling time is much longer than written on the pack of the spaghetti. Check occasionally though.

Season with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon and some olive oil. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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  1. Mmmhhh, that is one lovely combination!



  2. A great pasta !
    Εδω στη Γαλλια που βρισκομαι ειναι αρκετα δυσκολο να βρω χταποδι… Υπομονη μεχρι να γυρισω…
    Καλες διακοπες !

    ΥΓ Ηθελα να ξερεις οτι το μυστικο δειπνο μου αρεσε παρα πολυ αλλα δε ξανα ηρθα γιατι εμεινα εγγυος… Καλη συνεχεια σου ευχομαι !

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