Greek Seafood - Octopus Recipe

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.

Octopus drying by the seaside in Antiparos, Greece (image by Fosterfoto)
On the Rope, Antiparos, Greece

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.



Grilled Octopus Recipe


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

  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 lemons
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  • 1 kg octopus, add to a pot, put the lid on
  • On medium, heat octopus for up to 1 hr
  • Water from the octopus will come out so don’t add water or salt
  • Cook till its medium firm - easily chewable
  • Place into a hot pan - preferably a skillet, sear until it darkens a little
  • Add olive oil and cook for around 5 min
  • Add seared octopus to marinade
  • Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!



Grilled octopus at Scala Taverna in Matala, CreteGrilled octopus at Scala Taverna in Matala, Crete


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  !!



Octopus by the Sea

Octopus Drying near Blue & White Fishing Boat, Gythio, Greece (image by karol m)
Octopus Drying near Blue & White Fishing Boat, Gythio, Greece

An octopus drying outside a fish taverna in Heraklion, with the old port in the background (image by Milada Vigerova)
An octopus drying outside a fish taverna in Heraklion, with the old port in the background

Octopus by the Limani, Ios, Greece (image by The Next Web)
Octopus by the Limani, Ios, Greece

Fresh Octopus by the Taverna, Gythio, Greece (image by karol m}
Fresh Octopus by the Taverna, Gythio, Greece

Taverna Colour, Santorini, Greece (image by Klearchos Kapoutsis)
Taverna Colour, Santorini, Greece

Getting Up Close and Personal with Fresh Octopus, Thassos, Greece (image by Aleksandar Cocek)
Getting Up Close and Personal with Fresh Octopus, Thassos, Greece

Grilled Seafood Sign and fresh octopus drying in the sun (image by James Preston)
No Doubt About It! Plaka, Crete, Greece



Where to Enjoy Octopus in Crete

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.


Marmara Beach, Crete (image by Yatmandu)

Taverna Marmara near Loutro, south-western Crete. Walk into this remote spot and be rewarded with a traditional taverna and paradosiaki local cuisine.



Sitting by the sea at Agia Fotia Taverna

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

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

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

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  !!








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