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Gourmet moment: Baked octopus

September 14, 2016

I’m a fishy-fish kind of gal! Anything fish scores big time with me. 🙂 I love seafood in general and I can eat it raw, cooked, grilled, baked… It all sounds and tastes wonderful to me. One of my ultimate faves is baked octopus. I grew up eating this type of dish very often, esp. in the summertime. I got lucky to find a fresh octopus in my local grocery store so I decided to buy half of it and prepare a nice Sunday lunch for two. I believe that if you have a smaller appetite, this would be enough of lunch for three or even four persons.


To make the perfect baked octopus, you will need:

600 grams of fresh octopus

4-5 medium potatoes

2 carrots

2 parsnips

1 bigger onion

2 cloves of garlic

fresh rosemary and thyme

olive oil

overall spice

fine sea salt or himalayan salt


lemon zest

about 1 dcl red wine


To get the super juicy octopus, I suggest you to freeze your octopus the day before you’re planning to make it. Defrost it the next morning so that it’s ready to be used for when you’re planning to cook your lunch.

Take an iron pot and put it on the warmed up stove. Throw in the octopus with a tiny bit of water and cover it up. The octopus will let it’s own juice into the pot. Turn the octopus inside of the pot two-three times so that it lets juice out equally and that it gets a nice purple color all around. This will take around 10ish minutes.

When that is done, peel and chop up your potatoes, cut up the carrots and parsnip and season them all with a mix of 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of overall seasoning, 1 tbsp of water, salt+pepper. Mix it all well and transfer it onto a try in which you’ll bake all of your veggies and put the octopus on top of it all. Stack in a few rosemary stems and put it all into the preheated oven (150 °C).

You should cover your tray with the foil. Bake it all for about 25 minutes, then take the foil off, turn around your octopus, add half of the red wine, one chopped up onion, garlic cloves and cover it again. Bake for another 20 minutes, stir everything well, add the remaining red wine and put in some fresh thyme and lemon zest. Bake uncovered for another 15 minutes and your dish should be ready.

Bon appetit!




Olen kalahenkinen tyttö. Eli mikĂ€ tahansa mikĂ€ liittyy kalaan saa minut aina ekstaasiin. 🙂 MinĂ€ rakastan ylipÀÀtĂ€nsĂ€ merenelĂ€viĂ€, raakana, keitettynĂ€, grillattuna tai uunissa paistettuna…Kaikki tĂ€mĂ€ kuulostaa ja maistuu minusta aina niin ihanalta. Yksi minun kaikkien aikojen suosikeistani on uunissa paistettu mustekala. MinĂ€ totuin syömÀÀn usein vastaavaa annoksia, minun kasvaessa. Varsinkin kesĂ€aikaan. Minua onnisti, sillĂ€ satuin löytĂ€mÀÀn tuoreen mustekalan paikallisesta ruokakaupasta. Joten pÀÀtin ostaa puolikkaan. Ja valmistaa siitĂ€ ihana Sunnuntai lounas kahdella. Mutta uskon ettĂ€ mikĂ€li teillĂ€ ei ole mikÀÀn suden nĂ€lkĂ€, niin tĂ€stĂ€ annoksesta riittÀÀ kolmelle ellei jopa neljĂ€llekin henkilölle.

Valmistaaksesi tÀydellisen uunissa paistetun mustekalan, sinÀ tarvitset:

600g tuoretta mustekalaa

4-5 keskikokoista perunaa

2 porkkanaa

2 palsternakkaa

1 isohko sipuli

2 valkosipulin kynttÀ

Tuoretta rosmariinia ja timjamia

Oliivi öljyÀ

Yleismauste seosta

Hienoa merisuolaa tai himalayan suolaa


Sitruunan kuorta

Noin 1dl punaviiniÀ


Jotta saisit mustekalasta mahdollisimman mehevÀn. MinÀ ehdotan ettÀ pakastat sen pÀivÀÀ ennen valmistuspÀivÀÀ. Ja otat sen ulos sulamaan pakkasesta seuraavana aamuna. Jotta se ehtii sulamaan ennen kun alat valmistaa siitÀ lounasta.

Ota rauta kattila ja laita se esilÀmmitetylle liedelle. Laita mustekala sisÀÀn ja lisÀÀ vÀhÀn vettÀ ja lopuksi peitÀ kattila. Mustekala pÀÀstÀÀ mehut sisÀltÀÀn kattilaan. KÀÀnnÀ mustekalaa kattilan sisÀllÀ 2-3 kertaa prosessin aikana, jotta se pÀÀstÀÀ mehut ulos tasaisesti. TÀllÀ tavalla mustekala saa tasaisesti hienon purppura vÀrin ympÀrilleen. TÀmÀ vie noin 10 min.

Kun tÀmÀ vaihe on valmis. Kuori ja paloittele perunat, porkkanat ja palsternakat. HöystÀ kaikki kÀyttÀen 2 ruokalusikallista oliivi öljyÀ. 1 ruokalusikallinen yleismauste seosta, 1 ruokalusikallinen vettÀ + suolaa ja pippuria. Sekoita kaikki hyvin ja siirrÀ uunivuoalle. Aseta mustekala pÀÀlle. LisÀÀ muutama rosmariinin oksa perunoiden ja porkkanoiden sekaan. Ja laita vuoka esilÀmmitettyyn uuniin (150C).

PeitÀ vuoka foliolla. Paista noin 25 min. Poista folio ja kÀÀnnÀ mustekala. LisÀÀ puolet punaviinistÀ, yksi viipaloitu sipuli, valkosipulin kynnet ja peitÀ vuoka jÀlleen. Anna paistua toiset 20 min. Sekoita kaikki hyvin. LisÀÀ loput punaviinistÀ. LisÀÀ tuoretta timjamia ja raastettua sitruunan kuorta. Paista vielÀ ilman foliota 15 min. TÀmÀn jÀlkeen annos on valmis.

Bon appetit!

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  • Reply Mademoiselle Coconath September 14, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    I was never really a big fan of octopus but this actually looks good! Thanks for sharing!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • Reply Federica September 14, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    so delicious!! I love this

  • Reply Fabrizia September 14, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Sounds really delicious!
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  • Reply Jo September 14, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Oooh, How scrumptious! I love octopus and shall give this a go. Already I have a rectangular white dish. But will my end result look as wonderful as your photo?
    A Belgian friend eats raw herring for breakfast. I have tried it. Let’s just say it is an acquired taste.

    • Reply natali karppinen September 15, 2016 at 9:43 AM

      That’s interesting, I do eat raw herring but not for breakfast. 🙂

  • Reply Amy Arnold September 14, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    I like fish, but I think this might be too much for me. I didn’t grow up eating it, and have learned to enjoy it as an adult. I’m not sure adventurous though.

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    • Reply natali karppinen September 15, 2016 at 9:42 AM

      I totally understand! Many people who do like fish in general are still not feeling comfortable with
      some seafood like scallops or octopus.

  • Reply Carmelatte September 14, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    That’s my fav foodie <3 I love octopus <3


  • Reply Nada September 14, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    oh this looks so so yummy!

  • Reply Kelsey Bang September 14, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    I am so impressed you cooked an octopus! how fun!

    • Reply natali karppinen September 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM

      Thank you Kelsey! Yes, I’ve dared to challenge myself to prepare this dish and it turned out wonderful!

  • Reply Tamara September 14, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    I’ve been wanting to cook octopus for so long but I always thought it’s hard to do! Love this recipe!


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    • Reply natali karppinen September 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM

      Thank you Tamara! As you can read/ see, it’s not as hard as it might seem to prepare a very delicious octopus. 🙂

  • Reply Vanessa September 15, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    What amazing dishes that you do! thanks for sharing this amazing gourmet moment!

    • Reply natali karppinen September 15, 2016 at 9:40 AM

      Thank you so much Vanessa, I’m happy to read that you liked the recipe. 🙂

  • Reply Emma September 15, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    YUM this looks so good!

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  • Reply Shannon Jenkins September 16, 2016 at 2:01 AM

    Octopus is actually one of the few things I havent tried! I think I am too scared haha! I hear its amazing though!

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  • Reply Aria Di Bari September 16, 2016 at 2:09 AM

    This looks so good, I’ll have to try this recipe!

  • Reply TIFFANY LEA September 16, 2016 at 6:30 AM

    Octopusssss 🙂


  • Reply Katherine September 16, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Aaaaahh this makes me drool! <3

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  • Reply Cara Elder September 16, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Looks so good!

  • Reply Veera Bianca September 20, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    OMG how delicious does that look <3 😀

  • Reply Adi September 21, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    I’ve never had this dish before, but it actually looks pretty good!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’ll try it out soon!
    Adi xx

  • Reply sophie September 22, 2016 at 4:03 AM

    Love octopus, thanks for such a great recipe <3

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