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Charred Octopus with Chimichurri Sauce

Welcome to my culinary blog! Today, we're venturing into the realm of seafood with a tantalizing dish: charred octopus with chimichurri sauce. This recipe combines the tender, smoky flavors of grilled octopus with the vibrant, herbaceous notes of chimichurri sauce, creating a culinary experience that's both elegant and flavorful.


  • 1 large octopus (about 2-3 pounds), cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Chimichurri Sauce:
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Prepare the octopus by cleaning it thoroughly. If using a fresh octopus, ensure it's properly cleaned with the beak and ink sac removed.
  3. Pat the octopus dry with paper towels and brush it lightly with olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the octopus directly on the grill and cook for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until charred and tender. The tentacles should curl up and become firm when cooked.
  5. While the octopus is grilling, prepare the chimichurri sauce. In a bowl, combine the chopped parsley, cilantro, garlic, shallot, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, and red pepper flakes (if using). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Remove the octopus from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes. Then, slice the tentacles into bite-sized pieces.
  7. Arrange the sliced octopus on a serving platter and drizzle generously with the chimichurri sauce.
  8. Serve immediately, and enjoy this charred octopus with vibrant chimichurri sauce!

This dish is a celebration of flavors and textures, with the smoky char of the octopus perfectly complemented by the fresh, zesty chimichurri sauce. It's an impressive appetizer or main course that's sure to wow your guests.

The Versatility of Octopus

Octopus is a versatile seafood that can be prepared in various ways, including grilling, braising, or frying. Its mild flavor and meaty texture make it a favorite ingredient in Mediterranean and seafood-centric cuisines.


Expand your culinary horizons with this charred octopus with chimichurri sauce recipe. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply treating yourself to a gourmet meal, this dish promises to delight with its bold flavors and elegant presentation. Bon appétit!


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