Portuguese Roasted Octopus • Polvo Assado


When it comes to seafood, octopus is pretty much one of my favorites with its pleasant sweet taste and delicious tender texture. And Portuguese style to roast octopus is super easy to make and creates a fantastic octopus dish, very common and traditional as a Christmas or Christmas eve meal.

The perfect way to cook octopus is to cook it super fast or super slow, any other way and it becomes chewy like rubber, in Portugal, we first boil the octopus and then finish if off in the oven, this guarantees that the octopus is cooked properly without dehydrating too much and becoming too dry, lets check the recipe.

Portuguese Roasted Octopus • Polvo Assado

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Roasted octopus is a delicious and nutritious seafood dish that everyone can enjoy, served with some nice rosted potatoes! ;D


  • Octopus – 2 (Around 2kg each)
  • Onions – 2
  • Potatoes – 30 (New)
  • Shallots – 1Kg
  • Thyme – To taste
  • Cabbage Sprouts – 1 Branch (+/- 800gr)
  • Cabbage – 1
  • Garlic – +/- 2 heads
  • Bay leafs – 4 Leaves
  • Olive oil – 100ml
  • Pepper – 1 Pinch
  • Salt – One pinch


  1. Start by cooking the octopus, prepare a pan with plenty of hot water, leave this on medium heat, now season the water with 2 onions cut into quarters, 2 bay leaves, a pinch of salt and a few drops of olive oil.
  2. Now you are going to take the raw octopus and immerse it in the hot water, remove it from the water and immerse it again, repeat 3 times, this will force the octopus to shrink everything and prevent the shock of the hot water from damaging the skin of the octopus, then leave the octopus in the water, repeat for the other octopus, cover the pan and let it cook for about 40 to 45 minutes until the octopus is tender.
  3. When cooked, remove the octopus and separate it into pieces and distribute them on a baking tray.
  4. While the octopus is boiling, place the potatoes in a pan with water and a pinch of salt and let them cook for a while until they are almost ready. 5. Then place the potatoes in a tray with the peeled shallots, an open head of garlic, 2 bay leaves, some thyme sprigs, season with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. The cabbage is cut into pieces and cooked in a pan with plenty of water, a dash of olive oil, and a pinch of salt until tender.
  6. For the cabbage sprouts, fry them in a frying pan with a pinch of salt, 6 cloves of garlic, and a lot of olive oil, until they are golden.
  7. When it’s time to cook everything, you’re going to heat the greens and cabbage and take the potatoes and octopus to the oven preheated to 180ºC to brown and finish cooking and it’s ready to serve, enjoy!
Notes: Its usual to boil the octopus, potatoes and cabbage a day before cooking the octopus so when its time, you just need to fry the cabbage sprouts and finish the rest in the oven, perfect for Christmas.

This recipe for Portuguese Roasted Octopus • Polvo Assado was originally created on BakeAfter.com. Esta receita de Polvo Assado com Grelos foi publicada em português no Iguaria.com.


Per Serving: 480 calories; 8.4 g fat; 83.3 g carbohydrates; 13.4 g protein.

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