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Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Boozy Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Best Octopus Carpaccio Recipe: with Salmon


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Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Boozy Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Octopus and Salmon Carpaccio: what a recipe...

Best Octopus Carpaccio Recipe: Are you a leg man? Then you are going to love my Best Octopus Carpaccio Recipe: with added Salmon. Who needs an Italian octopus recipe, when you have this? This is pretty simple to prepare and cook, but believe me this has some serious wow factor when you serve it up. It looks wonderful plated, as I think you’ll agree from the photo below!

Welcome to an Islifearecipe adventure where we dive deep (love that) into the world of delectable seafood delights! Today, we’re setting sail on a gastronomic journey that promises to tantalize your Pulpo taste buds and elevate your seafood game – behold the mesmerizing world of octopus carpaccio! 🐙🍴

Octopus carpaccio, a dish that’s as delightful to pronounce as it is to devour, is a culinary masterpiece that takes the art of seafood to a whole new level. Imagine thin slices of tender octopus, meticulously marinated in a symphony of vibrant flavors, creating a dish that’s not just a feast for the palate but also a visual spectacle. It’s the kind of recipe that transforms your dining table into a five-star seafood haven, leaving your guests in awe of your culinary prowess.

But fear not, fellow food enthusiasts! We’re not just here to tease your taste buds; we’re here to guide you through the process of creating the best octopus carpaccio right in your own kitchen, we’ve got your back. So, tie on your apron, sharpen those knives, and let’s embark on a little culinary escapade that will have you crowned as the captain of the good ship Octopus Carpaccio, with its passenger: Salmon! 🚢✨

Best Octopus Carpaccio Recipe with Salmon

Seriously how good does that look – pretty amazing right? 

The following ingredients will make enough for about 14 slices of deliciousness depending on how fine you can slice it up. 

  • I used 8 large octopus legs;
  • 1 packet of smoked salmon;
  • 1 lime;
  • 2 lemons;
  • 3 chili padi;
  • 3Tbsp mayonnaise;
  • 3 Tbsp tomato ketchup;
  • Sea salt and cracked black Kampot pepper; and
  • l litre plastic water bottle – emptied.

How to make the Best Octopus Carpaccio Recipe: with Salmon

Take the plastic bottle and cut off the top where it starts to go to the point. Then cut downward slits about 2 inches or so apart to about half way down the bottle. Get some cling-film ready. This is how you get the amazing patterns of the Octopus & salmon carpaccio. Set that aside.

  1. In a pot filled to 3/4 with water, add 4-5 slices of lime, 2 smashed chilli padi, a good pinch of salt, and 2 Tbsp of black Kampot peppercorns;
  2. Throw in the octopus legs pop them in an oven set to 90 degrees centigrade and cook for five hours: this will tenderize the octopus;
  3. Drain and thinly slice the octopus legs;
  4. Take your plastic bottle and place a layer in the bottom of both octopus and smoked salmon;
  5. Repeat this until you have reached the halfway mark of the bottle. Then take each of the 2-inch strips you have cut – trim them down to be about 3 inches long and fold over criss-cross to cover the octopus and salmon;
  6. Get this as tight as you can and then seal it with cling film;
  7. This is creating a mould, a sausage shape;
  8. Stick this in the freezer until the contents are frozen hard;
  9. Take out of the freezer about 10 minutes before serving dinner;
  10. Remove the bottle and then thinly slice the icy block, as thin as you can;
  11. What you will get is amazing patterns as you cut through tentacles. 

Beautifully colourful and amazingly patterned octopus and salmon. Serve this on a plate, stacked a little like the picture, and accompany it with some of the dipping sauce I made, as below.

Dipping Sauce – this really complements the smoke of the salmon;

  • 3 Tbsp of tomato sauce;
  • 3 Tbsp of mayonnaise – I used Japanese as it has that vinegar edge to it;
  • 2 Tbsp of lemon juice; and
  • 1 finely chopped chili padi.

Whack all into a small serving bowl and mix thoroughly. It will turn a pinky colour. Dip a finger for a wee taste. Delicious!!!

Conclusions of the Best Octopus Carpaccio Recipe: with Salmon

Did you hear scientists have managed to breed an octopus with a turkey. So at Christmas, all the family can have a leg.


Dear me… Enough of that: I heard from good sources today that the dish was a winner-winner chicken dinner, maybe an octopus dinner. Enjoy and show off your culinary specialty: it is quite easy though eh!!! I really did like creating the Best Octopus Carpaccio Recipe: with Salmon. I think you will too – ENJOY!!!!

People also asked about Octopus Carpaccio

1What is the key to achieving tender octopus for carpaccio?1/ Achieve tenderness by boiling large octopus for 8-10 minutes with vinegar. 2/ Marinate overnight in milk to break down connective tissues. 3/ Dip in and out of aggressively boiling water for ten minutes. 4/ Slow cook in the oven in seasoned water at 90 degrees centigrade for 5 hours.
2Can I use different marinades for octopus carpaccio?Absolutely! Experiment with citrus-based vinaigrettes, yuzu-infused dressings, or olive oil and herbs to elevate your octopus carpaccio. That actually sounds very much like an Italian octopus recipe.
3Are there variations of octopus carpaccio around the world?Yes, regions like Japan and Italy have unique twists. In Japan, a lemon-olive oil vinaigrette is popular, while Italian octopus recipe versions may include tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and cucumbers.
4How long does it take to cook octopus for carpaccio?Boil in salted water with aromatics for 1-1.5 hours until a knife pierces through with ease. Marinate overnight and grill for added flavor.
5What are some creative side dishes to pair with octopus carpaccio?Pair with pickled vegetables, fresh salads, or crusty bread to complement the delicate flavors of octopus carpaccio.
6Can I find pre-made octopus carpaccio in stores?Generally, pre-made octopus carpaccio may not be widely available, but you can find fresh octopus to prepare this exquisite dish at home.
7What’s the best type of octopus to use for carpaccio?Opt for fresh octopus, and consider smaller varieties for tenderness. Experiment with different types to find your preferred flavor.
8Is octopus carpaccio typically served as an appetizer?Yes, octopus carpaccio is often served as a delightful and light appetizer due to its refreshing flavors and elegant presentation.
9Can I make octopus carpaccio in advance for a party?Certainly! Octopus carpaccio can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator, or even freezer (also makes slicing thinly much easier). It allows the flavors to meld and intensify.
10What are some alternative ingredients for those allergic to seafood?For a seafood-free alternative, consider trying carpaccio with thinly sliced vegetables like zucchini or mushrooms, paired with a tangy dressing for a similar experience.
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