• Twice-cooked octopus with macaroni kofto (China Squirrel)Source: China Squirrel
A Greek taverna staple, octopus is front and centre on #TheChefsLine. Excited by the saucy, spicy and charred possibilities, we're rounding up eight of our octo faves.
4 Oct 2018 - 2:28 PM  UPDATED 10 Jan 2019 - 2:46 PM

Let's char-char 

You'll love the smoky flavours of this barbecued octopus, topped with a nutty-spicy tahini sauce. It's a Turkish speciality that's best served nice and hot.

The best of both worlds

This hot 'n' cold salad is served with a simple saffron dressing, adding a delicious and colourful dimension to the freshly grilled octopus.

Grilled octopus salad with saffron dressing

Any day's a fry-day

First braised with olive oil, thyme and black olives, then fried to crispy perfection, this octopus dish is based on a traditional Roman technique. Chef Mitch Orr pairs his with mandarin purée, dried olives and a dash of black vinegar for extra pizzazz.

Souper bowl

This recipe is an easy alternative to a fish stew. Served with chopped parsley and grilled bread that's rubbed with a raw clove of garlic, it's a beautiful bowl that can happen any night of the week. 

Pastry all the way 

This hearty and warming Italian seafood stew can be served with crusty sourdough bread or in pie form, depending on the occasion.

Cacciucco – Italian seafood stew

Skewers and sprigs

Requiring a few simple ingredients – think rosemary, garlic, olive oil and red wine vinegar – barbecued seafood is a simple,  yet delicious way to party. So grab those skewers, get threading and pop your ocotopus over charcoal, stat.

Winning combination

The extra virgin olive oil's robustness stands up to the spice of the cayenne pepper and the ocean saltiness of the octopus - what a team.

Oodles of noodles

This warm Indonesian salad showcases fresh seafood at its best. You can ask the fishmonger to clean the octopus for you, to save you preparation time.

And one for good luck!

Twice-cooked octopus with macaroni pasta - a winning dish from Series 1 #TheChefsLine from Sydney's Alpha restaurant.

Twice-cooked octopus with macaroni kofto

For more sensation octopus check out our collection here.

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