Dressing or Marinade for Cooked Octopus

This is my favorite marinade for Mediterranean-style octopus, used either before grilling or as a finishing sauce. Unfortunately, it’s been in my files for so long, I don’t remember the original source of the recipe. It’s good on any grilled seafood.


¼ cup olive oil

3 tbl lemon juice

Finely grated zest of one lemon, yellow peel only

2 tsp salt

1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

1 tsp Spanish smoked paprika, sweet, bittersweet or hot

1 tsp dry oregano (I like Mexican oregano in this marinade)

3 cloves garlic, crushed


For one to two pounds of cooked octopus, whisk together all of the ingredients. The dressing will last a week in the fridge although the garlic flavor will get more pronounced as the days go by.

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