Cooked Octopus Legs
Day boat fisherman from Huelva, Spain, near the Portugal border, use sustainable methods to catch the octopus. The legs are boiled to peak tenderness then blast frozen for shipping.
The FAO 27 fishing zone, which spans the North Atlantic and western Mediterranean, is known for producing the best octopus. Flavor, texture and tenderness are directly affected by the ocean’s temperature and salinity. Octopus from these waters have a delicate flavor and mild salinity, tasting of the ocean without being fishy. They are very lean and meaty with a toothsome texture and a pleasant chew.
Store frozen octopus in your freezer until you’re ready to use it, then thaw only as much as you plan on cooking.
RECIPES & TIPS
Octopus legs are already cooked. To finish them for serving, they only need a quick sear. They are best cooked on a grill, about five minutes on each side, until they take on some char. Brush the legs with olive or avocado oil first, or marinate them in a blend of oils, herbs, and spices. Charred octopus goes well with citrus, sherry vinegar, garlic, sweet or smoked paprika, and chile sauces. Its natural salinity works as well with assertive spices such as cayenne, coriander, and cumin, as it does with bright herbs such as mint, parsley, and cilantro. To make the Spanish dish, “Pulpo con cachelos” arrange slices of small, boiled red potatoes with warmed, sliced octopus leg, sprinkle with sweet or spicy paprika, and finish with a splash of Spanish olive oil.