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Marinara baby octopus
  |  First Published: August 2015



The sauce in the following recipe is a rich robust tomato sauce. Baby octopus that has been soaked in a spicy (chilli) citrus (lemon) based marinade, then simmered in this tomato sauce until tender. This recipe is easy to make and can also be used either as a pasta sauce or as a topping for crunchy bread.

Ingredients for marinade

1 cup lemon juice

Pinch of dried chilli flakes

2 tablespoons soy sauce

A good pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of black pepper

4 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley

Ingredients for sauce

1 teaspoon garlic paste (3 cloves)

400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

A good pinch of dried chilli flakes

12 or so basil leaves, roughly chopped or torn

STEPS

1

The ingredients for the marinade will add a spicy flavour to the baby octopus. Ingredients include lemon juice, dried chilli flakes, soy sauce, salt and pepper.

2

Marinade the baby octopus in a ceramic (or plastic) bowl for at least half an hour – don’t use metal. Sprinkle some roughly chopped flat leaf parsley over the octopus and mix through.

3

In the pot, sauté the garlic paste and chilli flakes in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir fry for a minute or so before adding the tinned tomatoes to the mixture. Stir thoroughly to combine the tomatoes into the mixture.

4

Add roughly chopped or torn basil to the tomato mixture and stir well.

5

Drain the octopus and discard the marinade. Carefully add the baby octopus to the pot.

6

Stir the contents of the pot together thoroughly and then allow to simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until the baby octopus is tender.

7

The completed baby octopus in sauce, just waiting to be either ladled over steaming hot pasta or heaped onto some fresh crusty bread.

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