How to make a tasty octopus stew recipe

Feb 23, 2021Octopus, Recipes

How to make a delicious octopus Marrana

How to cook octopus marrana (our octopus Stew Recipe) is the third recipe in our octopus recipe series. This recipe is the most unique recipe in the series, offering an original take on this traditional dish.

Octopus marrana is a specialty from Almeria where it is usually served as a tapas in restaurants or at home. If you would like to feel like in southern Spain, this is the recipe you need!

Octopus stew recipe: Octopus Marrana


1 octopus
2 onions
3 red tomatoes
1 head of garlic
2 bay leaves
200 milliliters of white wine (around ¾ cup)
Salt to taste Black peppercorns to taste
Extra virgin olive oil


Time: 60min

1- Peel and chop the onions, then peel the garlic, crush them with the blade of a knife, and reserve.

2- Wash and chop the tomatoes and reserve.

3- In a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sauté the onion. When the onion is soft, add the tomatoes and then the garlic.

4- Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add the bay leaves.

5- Wash and cut the octopus into small pieces. If it is frozen it will be more tender, because when it freezes the fibers break, and add it to the pot. If you got frozen octopus, thaw it before washing and then cut it.

6- Add the white wine.

7- Cook for a few minutes over high heat and when it starts to boil, lower the heat, cover the pan, and simmer over low heat for about 50 minutes.

octopus marrana, the octopus with the sauce

Where to get the ingredients

Almost all the ingredients are available at your local market. We can provide you with the best octopus in the world coming from the coasts of the Mediterranean. We have both raw and cooked octopus.

You can make this recipe with pre-cooked octopus, but we recommend getting a raw one because cooking with the wine will give more flavor to your octopus.

If you don’t by frozen octopus, here is a blog article about how to tenderize octopus.

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