Pulpo Sarandeado

You do remember I come from the Gulf of Mexico, right? A beautiful place in this amazing country full with great people and amazing seafood, that’s Tampico my mates. It was here where I learnt how to cook most of my seafood recipes. The following recipe is quite simple, so don’t be shy, get your supermarket list and get ready for a weekend feast.

Pulpo Sarandeado or Well Grilled Octopus


  • 1 good size octopus (an octopus of a good size will weight 1kg) 
  • Bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Half a red onion
  • Fresh coriander
  • 3 litres of water
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 50 grs of butter
  • 2 spoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

How to cook this freaking invertebrate, mate:

Put the water to boil, add the bay leaves and 1 garlic clove, then, grab the octopus (a clean one, ask the fisherman to clean it for you, no ink though), and put in the boiling water. Leave it there for a good 1.5 hour or until it is “al dente”.

When it is ready, put aside, and dry it with a paper towel. Then, in a large frying pan add the butter, oil, red onion, chopped garlic clove, and stir the ingredients until they look just right. With the stove on high flame, add the octopus, and effing yeah! Stir it around the hot pan; you want that soft meat to get a good brown crisp, at least on the tentacles. The butter and the olive oil go fantastic with this recipe; the butter will give the meat a nice and golden finish by the way. Alright, so you got that sweet meat crispy and soft at the same time? It is time to add the chickpeas, diced tomatoes and the fresh coriander. Stir for a while until the ingredients are well cooked. Now plate  that wee bastard and enjoy!

Some guacamole on the side doesn´t sound at all...

Some guacamole on the side doesn´t sound bad at all…

Pulpo Sarandeado goes great with a good white wine, I recommend a Pinot Gris from the Marlborough region in New Zealand. But hey, that’s me.

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