Mediterranean Grilled Octopus


Makes 24 12-oz. servings.
Mediterranean Grilled Octopus


  • 2 Tbsp. Trade East Whole Bay Leaves
  • 18 lb. Halperns’ Whole Octopus
  • to taste GFS Iodized Salt
  • 6 lb. Russian Fingerling Potatoes
  • 6 lb. Markon Roma Tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 c. Primo Gusto Mediterranean Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • to taste Kosher Salt
  • to taste Trade East Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 c. Chardonnay Wine
  • 1½ lb. GFS Unsalted Butter Print
  • 12 oz. Capote Capers
  • 4 oz. Markon Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped

Recipe Preparation

1. Place 8-10 bay leaves and the octopus in a pot of salted, boiling water. Reduce to a simmer. Place a weight on top of the octopus so it will stay immersed while cooking. Cook 1-2 hours. Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the octopus. 

2. Scoop the octopus from the poaching liquid. Place in a colander and allow to drain. Slice on the bias into 2-3” pieces. Place in a covered storage container, label, date and refrigerate until needed. 

3. Place the potatoes in a pot of salted, boiling water. Simmer until they can be pierced with a fork. Drain. Cool under cold water. Drain. Slice the potatoes widthwise into ⅛” thick circles. Place in a covered storage container, label, date and refrigerate until needed. 

To prepare à la carte:

1. Place 4 oz. each of octopus, potatoes and tomatoes in a stainless steel mixing bowl. Drizzle 1 oz. of olive oil over the mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place the octopus mixture  and potatoes in a heated char grill or broiler until just warmed through. Place the tomatoes on the grill and cook until just warmed through.

2. Place 1 oz. each of the chardonnay wine and butter and 1 Tbsp. of capers in a warmed, nonstick sauté pan. Bring to a boil. Immediately add 1 tsp. of chopped parsley and swirl pan.

3. Place the potatoes and tomatoes in the center of a warmed serving plate. Place the octopus on top of the vegetables. Drizzle the caper butter over the octopus.