Real octopus salad

We called this recipe ‘real octopus salad’ to emphasise to all our friends who love cooking and gastronomy that there is a fundamental difference between the ‘true’ octopus and an animal called ‘moscardino’ in Italian, ‘eledone’ in English, which is undoubtedly also very good. Remember that the real octopus has eight tentacles equipped with two rows of suckers on each, while the tentacles of the eledone has only one row of suckers. Even so, if you love seafood and want to try this recipe, don’t be afraid because it's really easy! You just need to follow our instructions in order to keep the octopus as tender as possible, but if you follow our tips you can’t go wrong. Enjoy the famous ‘real octopus salad’.


  • octopus 1000 grams
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • white wine vinegar
  • parsley 1 bunch of parsley
  • water
  • salt
  • lemon A fresh lemon
  • celery
  • carrots
  • bay leaves
30 minutes Total time
20 minutes Active time
Serves 2 persons
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Get a real octopus: make sure there are eight tentacles, each with a double row of suckers, which confirm its identity. Beat him slightly. Boil a pot with water, a splash of vinegar, some celery, carrots and a bay leaf. When the water is boiling, submerge and remove the octopus from the water quickly three times, then immerse it completely and simmer for 20 minutes for each half kg of weight. Once cooked, let it cool in the water, then remove and cut into pieces. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, parsley and salt.

To keep the octopus meat tender there are a few little secrets that are worth knowing. The first is to immerse the octopus three times in boiling water and then remove it before you submerge it permanently. The second is to boil the water very gently, in other words barely simmer the water. The third factor is the cooking time: allow just 20 minutes per half kg of octopus. Any more than this and your octopus will become tough!
Scientists have confirmed that the octopus is the most intelligent of the invertebrates, having excellent problem solving skills!

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