Octopus and potatoes

Are you looking for an alternative to the classic octopus salad? A dish of octopus and  potatoes will then be really for you.

In fact, it is a classic and timeless dish that can be served in many different occasions but also in many different ways. It can, in fact, be proposed as an appetizer, but also as a single dish since it contains a second and a side dish.

Octopus and potatoes form a very complete and well-balanced binomial that will consequently make this dish really extraordinary and very tasty.


  • 1 kg octopus
  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • parsley, to taste

Octopus and potatoes


Start by washing well the octopus and then put it in a pot with plenty of water together with onion, peeled and reduced into quarters, and the carrot, also peeled and reduced into chunks.

Cook for about 35 minutes. Once cooked, remove the octopus from the pot and place it aside for a moment. The cooking time of the boiled octopus can vary depending on the size of the octopus used and also according to the cooking technique used, so adjust accordingly.

Meanwhile, peel the potatoes, wash them and reduce them into small pieces of medium size. Add them to the cooking liquid still in the pot, which also contains the carrot and onion, and cook for about 20-25 minutes adding the rind of a grated lemon.

Cooking times may vary depending on the size of your potato touches. If they are particularly large, it may take 5 minutes longer, but if they are small they may be ready sooner.

When the potatoes are ready, take the octopus again and reduce it into chunks. Add the octopus inside a bowl in which you will also add the potatoes and season with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Add chopped parsley and lemon juice. Mix and serve to your guests still warm or even at room temperature.


Store the octopus and potatoes for one day in an airtight container or covered with cling film. It should be left at room temperature before serving if you like it cold otherwise you can heat it slightly in the pan for a few minutes.

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