Grilled Octopus in a Lemon and Chilli Sauce


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A popular dish served in Greek tavernas across Greece and Cyprus, this special dish of Grilled Octopus is often cooked on weekends or for special occasions. I’ve added some chilli to the octopus here to give it a kick which isn’t usually included in the traditional recipe.

The lemon is the perfect partner with octopus and of course tons of garlic.

This recipe works well in griddle pan or on the BBQ too.

Serve with a crisp side salad and bread if you fancy it.

Grilled Octopus-Honest Mum

Photograph of grilled octopus in a lemon and chilli sauce by Peter Broadbent.



2 kg baby octopus
1 tablespoon fresh lemon rind, grated
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 fresh red chillies
4 cloves finely chopped
2 spring onions
sea salt
black pepper
chopped flat-leaf parsley


Remove and discard heads and beaks from octopus and cut octopus in half.
Combine octopus, rind, juice, oil, garlic and chillies in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
Add octopus to a hot griddle pan or barbecue in the sauce and cook over high heat until just tender (usually 3 minutes on either). Add spring onions, season with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley. Serve with a green salad.


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50 Responses

  1. Vicky

    Loved this recipe and included it in my Friday Foodie Faves post on my blog where I share my favorite recipe finds from around the web.

  2. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Oh yum yum yum! I am definitely going to make this – and also dying to come to Papa’s restaurant!! Thanks for linking to #AllAboutYou
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  3. Hay In A Day

    Oooh, love the sound of the octopus in chilli and lemon sauce and it doesn’t seem complicated either! My kind of dish!
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  4. sarah hill wheeler (@hill_wheeler)

    Stunning picture, and so summery. Love octopus and the combination of chilli…not sure I would be brave enough to cook it myselfr, even if I could find one around here! Still, on my wish list for when I hit Town!
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  5. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    Wow! That looks incredible!!! One day soon I’m going on a holiday to Yorkshire to see you and your beautiful kids and to eat at all your family’s restaurants. Yum!
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  6. Alida

    I love your octopus dish. I could not think of anything better than lemon and chilly to make it irresistible. I cook octopus quite often although I find that UK species taste different than the ones caught in the Mediterranean sea.
    I love octopus carpaccio too but it can be fiddly to prepare though.
    I have just entered my biscuits into Tasty Tuesdays. Thank you again for hosting x
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  7. Alison

    I have never eaten octopus, it just never appealed. This looks pretty and I would give it a try.
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  8. Lydia Gerratt

    I love baby octopus and your dad’s recipe looks so delicious! I find it hard to find baby octopus, but when I do I’m going to use this recipe. I know the little boys will love it too (they love barbecue squid), though I might have to leave out the chilli for them…..YUM!

  9. PottyMouthedMummy

    Ooh I love Octopus. Yum yum. I’ve never cooked it myself, thought it might be a bit more labour intensive so this definitely seems less scary! x
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  10. Jenny

    This looks amazing. The flavors sound so great together and everything is better with chilli for sure! Thanks for hosting.
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  11. Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    It took me a looong time to get my head around the idea of eating octopus, but now I really like it. A good thing, because there is loads of it on the summer menus here in Italy! I can imagine this dish would be perfect on a hot day – can’t beat something drenched in lemon and parsley!

  12. Sam @ And then the fun began...

    D’you know what? Octopus is something I would never have consdered cooking at all (and actually the thought of removing heads and beaks makes me feel a bit funny!) but I do like calimari and I think the idea of the marinaded and bbq’d finished dish appeal to me a lot…
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  13. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    wow wow wow! That looks & sounds fantastic …I’ve NEVER cooked octopus before! Going to have to dive right in & give it a try 🙂
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  14. Ebabee

    thanks lovely for hosting. Your recipes always look mouth-wateringly good and so beautifully photographed. x
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  15. mummytries

    This is my kind of food Vicki! Stunningly simple but utterly delicious 🙂
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  16. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Mmm, I love octopus, although I’ve never actually cooked it myself before. Where is the best place to buy octopus from? I’m guessing my local Sainsbos won’t have it!
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    • honestmum

      Hi Becky, try your local market, Leeds market has lots of fabulous fish stalls. My Dad has suppliers for his restaurants but I usually get it from the market or local fishmongers.

  17. Hannah

    I had a massive disaster when I tried to cook baby squid recently (it was meant to be baby octopus but I couldn’t find any!) – it resembled something a kin to what the celebs have to eat on I’m a celebrity. Truly awful. Not to be beat I have bought some more (currently in the freezer) – I know it’s not octopus but you’ve totally inspired me to try again!! xxx This looks delicious! xx
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    • honestmum

      Sorry to hear that, squid and octopus can get rubbery even when overcooked just slightly. Know it’s happened to me before. Good luck with the next try, sure it will be fab x


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