Cooked Octopus, Everything You Need To Know!
The Cooked Octopus
Many people don’t know about this time-saving option. You can buy your octopus in many different ways, in fact: raw, whole, sliced, tentacles only, cooked, cooked tentacles, cooked and sliced, and more. On top of that, octopus retains its flavor and texture once frozen, no matter if it’s cooked or raw (more on this later).
In this blog post, we will tell you everything you need to know about cooked octopus and why buying it cooked is a good option for chefs and home cooks alike.
Contents of this article :
A little bit about octopus
Octopus is a popular food in Asia and the Mediterranean region where you can find it on the menu at many restaurants and prepared in many special ways.Its versatility and flavor allows it to go well with a lot of different ingredients.
Once it is caught, companies and fisheries handle the octopus in many different ways. They can deliver it raw, whole, cut, cooked, or sliced so that restaurants, chefs, and home cooks can buy it however they need it.
But what if you don’t know how you need it, or which preparation is best? Read on!
Raw and cooked: what is the difference?
Because of this you will find frozen raw octopus or frozen cooked octopus most frequently. You may find raw octopus that hasn’t been frozen, but we wouldn’t recommend buying it as it will be less tender than the frozen.
The main advantage of buying cooked octopus is time savings. You just need to thaw it, then eat it as is. You can also grill or fry it, or add it to a salad or any meal.
Why is octopus already cooked?
You can now find cooked octopus tentacles, cooked octopus slices, or whole cooked octopus. You just have to unfreeze it and prepare it the way you like. Cooked octopus tentacles come classified by sizes, which makes it easier and faster for restaurant to prepare their dishes. It also helps restaurants with cost control and consistency by allowing them to know exactly how many dishes they will be able to make with one octopus.
But, if you get 8 cooked tentacles that weigh 10 oz. each, you will know how much you need and be able to portion and plate the dish consistently.
What type of octopus should I buy?
Do you want to prepare a whole octopus from A to Z in your kitchen?Then buy a whole octopus.
Do you want to enjoy octopus without the hassle of preparation? Then buy cooked octopus, and you will just have to do the most enjoyable part of the work: preparing it!
- Buy an octopus that came from Spain or Portugal.
- Buy a day boat octopus.
- Make sure the octopus has been frozen.
Do those 3 things and you will get the best octopus. It’s known throughout the world that octopus from Spain and portugal is the best. If you buy a day boat octopus, that means the octopus was living close to the shore, and had a diet of shrimp and clams giving it a great taste. Freezing the octopus breaks the fibers which makes it tender. So if you buy octopus, make sure it has been frozen and if it has not, freeze it!
Whether you buy it cooked or uncooked, the end result will be the same. The main difference will be the hassle in the kitchen and the fact that your raw octopus might not have been tenderized.
Find out more about tenderizing octopus here.
How to prepare cooked octopus
All that’s left to do is to thaw it and prepare it the way you like. You can eat it as is with olive oil and lemon, or you can grill it, sautee it, or fry it.
If you would like to see recipes for octopus, you can check out our article offering octopus recipes. The recipes work with both raw and cooked octopus. Again, the main difference will be that your cooked octopus will be ready to prepare the way you like it.
To sum it up, cooked octopus it is just an easier way to have your octopus. You just have to thaw and prepare it. If you would like to save time and don’t want to bother too much with cooking and tenderizing octopus, cooked octopus is what you should buy!