If you are using frozen octopus, defrost it completely in the fridge overnight.
2 lb fresh or frozen octopus
Rinse your octopus well under cool running water.
Place your octopus in a large pot. Add the allspice berries, garlic, bay leaves, and fresh thyme. Add enough water to just cover the octopus.
5 allspice berries, 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced, 2 bay leaves, 1 sprig of fresh thyme
Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Cook, covered, for approximately 30 – 40 minutes. The octopus is done when the skirt (the part of the octopus which connects the legs to the head) can easily be pierced by a sharp knife. Remove from the heat and add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar to the cooking liquid. Allow the octopus to steep in this liquid until it comes to room temperature. You can also keep it in the refrigerator until the next day.
1/4 cup (60 mL) balsamic vinegar
Remove the octopus from the cooking liquid and set aside.
Prepare your marinade. In a large bowl or measuring cup, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, lemon juice, capers, garlic, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
Meanwhile, prepare your grill. Chop up the octopus into 3 sections, the head, and two sections of 4 legs each. This will make it easier for you to grill the octopus, without being concerned that you will lose any legs through the grate of the grill. When your grill is hot, place the octopus on it. Remember, it is already cooked; you are simply warming it up, and getting some nice char marks on the octopus. This should take only a few minutes per side. Any longer and you risk over-cooking the octopus.
Remove the octopus from the grill, place it in a bowl, and pour the marinade over it. Take a piece at a time, cut into bite size pieces, and return to the marinade. Toss well. There should be enough marinade to coat the octopus very well. Allow it to sit in the marinade for at least 5 – 10 minutes before serving.
Serve sprinkled with some additional chopped parsley if desired, and a wedge of lemon.
Grilled octopus https://miakouppa.com/2017/12/01/grilled-octopus/ December 1, 2017