Greek Braised Octopus with Onions Recipe

Serves/Makes: 6


  • 2 pounds octopus, cleaned
  • 1 pound canned tomatoes
  • 1 pound small whole onions, unpeeled
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
How to cook Greek Braised Octopus with Onions:
  • Place the cleaned octopus body and tentacles in a saucepan without any liquid (octopus creates its own juice). Cover and cook over a low heat for 20 minutes until it turns pink. Remove onto a board with a slotted spoon and cut the body and tentacles into 1 inch pieces. Reserve the cooking liquid.
  • Puree the tomatoes with their liquid or press through a sieve over a bowl; set aside. Carefully cut the roots and tops from whole onions and cut a cross in the root end to prevent the middles from popping out. Place the onions in a bowl, cover with boiling water and allow to stand for 2 minutes. Drain and slop off the skins, leaving the onions whole.
  • Heat half the oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the whole onions and cook over a low heat until they begin to color, stirring often. Remove and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan. Add the chopped onion and cook gently for about 10 minutes until transparent. Stir in the garlic and cook for several seconds. Add the prepared octopus and reserved liquid, tomatoes, bay leaf, rosemary, cloves, vinegar, wine, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 1-2 hours until the octopus is tender, adding the whole onions at the appropriate time.
  • Sprinkle with parsley before serving.


The Greek Braised Octopus with Onions recipe very easy to prepare and so good! The Greek name for this recipe is Oktapodi Stifatho.

This recipe for Greek Braised Octopus with Onions serves/makes: 6

The Greek Braised Octopus with Onions recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Various Seafood (more Various Seafood recipes)
Preparation Method: Poached/Simmered (more Poached/Simmered recipes)
Cuisine: Greek (more Greek recipes)

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