What Does Octopus Taste Like? And How To Make It Awesome

The octopus is known as one of the oldest creatures in the world, and since the very old days, it has become a favorite food of human beings. There are various ways to turn octopus into wonderful dishes, and each one has a distinct taste and flavor.

What does octopus taste like​? Well, the answer depends on what ingredients you use and how you combine them. As I said, there are plenty of ways to cook octopus, and this post will share with you some of them.


The Nutrition Of Octopus

Fresh octopus is healthy, which contains high nutritional values, including both essential vitamins (A, B1, B2, C) and abundant minerals (omega-3, calcium, zinc, iron, selenium, potassium, and phosphorus). For example, 85 grams of raw octopus can provide about 45mg of Calcium and 17mcg of vitamin B12. (Via:www.weightchart.com)

Here is the detailed table of octopus’s nutritional value:

Delicious Dishes Of Octopus


Many cultures usually eat octopus even when they’re alive, especially in Korea. This dish called Sannakji is very well-known in Korea yet strange for the rest of the world. A small octopus will be chopped into little pieces, seasoned with salt quickly and then come with sesame seeds and sesame oil. It tastes pretty good.

Diners must chew thoroughly before swallowing because these pieces of tentacles are still moving and squirming. If not, they will stick to the throat, causing suffocation. Thus, it always makes foreigners who experience Korean cuisine be more cautious.


In Japanese cuisine, Takoyaki with ball shape is a popular dish which has a crispy coating on the outside and soft inside made of octopus, wheat flour, ginger, and onion. Especially, the octopus is boiled first and then cut into small pieces. 

This perfect snack is served with mayonnaise, Japanese Worcestershire sauce, and seaweed. All of these ingredients make it crispy and very tasty.

Here is the video showing how Japanese make it:

Octopus Salad

This dish combines octopus, shrimps, and mussels with some types of vegetables like tomato, green and red paprika, and cucumber. The first thing we need to do is boiling all the seafood. Using slow cooker will help octopus tender, but still a little chewy. Cut octopus and the vegetables into pieces.

After tossing all of these above ingredients with lime juice and a little olive oil, the octopus salad is completed. It will not only bring the freshness of seafood but also have a little sourness mixed with the vegetables.

Grilled Octopus

If you’re crazy in grilled foods, let’s try this dish because it’s very easy to do. The size of the octopus will decide how long it takes to make the octopus tender. After boiling, let it cool down to the room temperature, and then season it with salt, pepper, garlic, fresh parsley, olive oil, and lemon juice. 

We can use gas, charcoal or wood to get the fire as long as the fire should be hot enough. Put the grill four inches above the source fire. Roasting seasoned octopus until its outside turns brown without making the inside dry out. A flavorful and delicious grilled octopus was created!

Miruhulee Boava

This is a Maldivian delicacy which is made of garlic, pepper, onion, coconut oil, octopus tentacles, and curry leaves. First of all, half of the garlic, onion and curry leaves will be fried until the onion turns golden brown. Then, we pour all the rest of ingredient in a thick and smooth paste.

After adding the octopus to the paste and seasoning, braise the mixture at a low heat around 20 minutes. 

Nakji Bokkeum

This food is also known as spicy stir-fried octopus which is served with warm cooked rice ornoodle. After cutting octopus into pieces and boiling it in 2 minutes, we pour half of sauce overit. Then we stir-fry onion, octopus, green and red peppers together until it’s cooked perfectly.

As a result of a perfect harmony of the octopus and spiciness, it’s an ideal dish when you’re enduring from stress or depression. That’s because spicy foods can help to get rid of yours tress.

Octopus Sushi

Not only used in Takoyaki, but octopus is also poached for sushi. To make sushi, people always use its legs to eat raw. However, it requires being sliced extremely thinly since it’s too tough tochew. It has a sweet aroma! 

Here is the video showing how Japanese cut it for sushi:


Have you ever tried one of these above foods? If not, I highly recommend you to try it once in your life to discover what does octopus taste like. If you have any question, just let me know by leaving a comment in the box below. I always appreciate your support!

Kevin Richard

Hi all! I’m Kevin. I spend plenty of time in the kitchen every day because I love cooking healthy and delicious foods for my family and friends. Cooking gives me a chance to be creative and fun. It’s also one of the most meaningful ways to express my love and take care of my little family.

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