Greek Seafood - Octopus Recipe - the essence of Greece is the sea, the seafood and sitting relaxing in a seaside taverna, eating, most likely, octopus!
The sight of octopus drying by the harbour limani captures all those feelings, these images remind of us the fresh breezes of the sea, endless sun, and the promise of a tasty feast with good company, maybe some Mediterranean seafood; fresh fish and grilled octopus.
The word for octopus in Greek is octapodi χταπόδι, which of course means 'eight feet'. Those feet are the tentacles that become delicious morsels when grilled.
All over Greece you will see fishermen seeking octopus, and ecstatic when catching one on the line. The most unromantic thing about fishing for octopus is catching one, as it needs to be killed and wacked on the rocks repeatedly. Arggghhh! Of course this is partly how it is tenderised to get it ready for eating.
This famous dish and also the crunchy little baby fish known as marides, and kalimari or squid are favourites, as well as a wide variety of other fish, it just depends on the catch of the day and what the taverna is offering.
Octopus Recipe - this can be prepared in a variety of ways including warm salads, fresh salads, octopus in vinegar marinade, or pasta bake, many people like it on the grill or BBQ after braising it and soaking in marinade, as follows:
Marinade for Grilled Octopus - Χταπόδι Σχάρας
Order your fish on the grill sti skara too, as it is fresh, juicy and delicious.
In Crete try the Psarotaverna Papadakis in Kastelli Kissamos, and Zepos Taverna on the waterfront in Chania town, Zefyros Taverna in Rethymnon Scala Fish Taverna in Matala or Taverna Spinalonga in Plaka near Elounda, and see our suggestions below.
Kali Orexi !! Καλη ‘Ορεξη !!
One of the pleasures of summer in Crete is to sit at a seaside taverna and while away the hours for lunch or dinner near the water. Fresh seafood, crisp white wine and hearty thick bread or paximadia, with a few little plates of mezedes....now that is the way to enjoy it!
We can suggest the following little traditional tavernas right by the water in Crete...
Captain Fidias on Sfinari Beach, western Crete. Eat with your feet in the sand. Swordfish, Blackfish, Red Mullet, lobster and calamari.
Taverna Marmara near Loutro, south-western Crete. Walk into this remote spot and be rewarded with a traditional taverna and paradosiaki local cuisine.
Agia Fotia Taverna on Agia Fotini Beach, southern Rethymnon. A friendly family-run taverna in a little remote location. Relax, sit, eat, relax again.
Apanemia Taverna on small Triopetra Beach, south Rethymnon. Take a relaxing 2 hour drive from Rethymnon town through the valleys and mountains to arrive at this pretty cove, enjoy a swim and laze on the beach then a long slow lunch - ahh.
The Red Castle Fish Taverna - on Kokkinos Pirgos Beach in southern Heraklion. Another destination worth driving to, head south from Heraklion town on the national road 70 km to Mires then Timbaki on the south coast, you will find this wide long beach and fishing village. Underneath the shady trees, relax and put yourself in the capable hands of Giannis and Michalis, who know their seafood.
Scala Fish Taverna on Matala Beach, southern Heraklion. Not only the hip place to be in Matala, but excellent views and fresh seafood, done in traditional style. Perfect for lunch or dinner, enjoy a bird's eye view of Matala.
Kali Orexi !! Καλη ‘Ορεξη !!