How to Correctly Grill an Octopus

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Correctly grilling an octopus is something that requires you to first bring your pot to a slow simmer. Correctly grill an octopus with help from an award-winning chef from Vermont in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Gabe Thompson. I'm the chef of Epicurean Group, Dell' Anima, L'Artusi, L'Apicio Epicurean events. Today I'm going to show you how to grill octopus. Before you can grill octopus though you've got to poach it. So I've got some red wine, basic mirepoix celery and carrot, salt, pepper, bay leaf, lemon and orange. We're going to throw all those guys in a pot and we're going to simmer it for about an hour and a half to two hours and then when it comes up to a boil I'm going to turn it down on a low low simmer and then afterwards I'm going to show you how to grill it. Octopus loses about 50% of their weight after they are cooked so what you are going to get is you're always going to get about half your yield. So here the little dudes are when they pull apart like this at the little joints, you know it's done and when you feel it, it needs to feel firm but tender and if it feels mushy or hollow it means it's overcooked. So everything you are doing here you can do by hand. I usually pull the head off and I keep the very top of the head but I like to get all the stuff out of it and then the octopus just kind of pulls apart real easily. There's a beak in here, this is their mouth. You want to make sure you get rid of that and for the tentacles you just kind of want to pull all this little skin off but you want as much of the tentacles, the suckers to stay on as possible. You can get them off if you want to but I like leaving them on. So I just kind of peel it back a little bit like that. It just peels right off. So we're going to season both sides with a little bit of salt and then we're going to get in here on the grill. And it's probably going to need about three to four minutes per side I like to have a little bit of char on my octopus. The octopus has been grilling for three or four minutes and now I'm going to turn it over. So here is the grilled octopus, super versatile, great with salad. It's lean, it's not fatty, it's good for you and it's delicious. Great in the summertime, great in the wintertime.


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