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Easy Baked Mediterranean Octopus Recipe

This oven baked octopus recipe is probably the easiest way to prepare octopus! Tender and delicious, it’s the perfect side dish for a Mediterranean seafood dinner.

Course Appetizer, Gluten-free, Seafood
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword baked, easy, Octopus, recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 289 kcal
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 2.5 – 3 pounds (1,1 – 1,4 kg) octopus, fresh (or thawed if frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 all spice kernels
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • Some extra olive oil and balsamic vinegar for serving


  1. Preheat your oven to 320°F (160°C)
  2. Rinse the octopus and discard any stuff from the inner part of its hood. Remove its tooth from the center (the easiest way to do that is to cut the octopus in half. Otherwise, you can pick it out with your finger, but this may be a bit tricky)

  3. Make a cross with two sheets of foil, about 1.5-2 feet each. Place a piece of baking paper on the center of the cross and place the octopus on top of it. Pour the olive oil and balsamic over the octopus, add the rest of the ingredients and wrap firmly with the foil.
  4. Place on a baking tray and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Unwrap and check to see if the octopus is fork tender. If it seems a little tough, bake for 30 more minutes.

  5. Unwrap, take the octopus out of the foil and cut into pieces. Drizzle with olive oil and some balsamic and serve.


Recipe Notes

The secret for tender octopus: Greek fishermen use to pound and rub the octopus against the rocks in order to "break" the hard tissue and make its flesh tender. If you can find fresh octopus it's best to freeze it for 10-15 days. The freezer will have the same effect as the traditional pounding.

If you buy frozen octopus, then thaw it overnight in the fridge and cook it the next day.

Another great way to prepare octopus, for a complete meal: Mediterranean Octopus Stew with Elbow Macaroni