Recetas de Familia

Octopus Sous-vide

For the octopus:

  1. If using a whole octopus: Put the octopus on a cutting board. You will feel a ball just above the eyes; cut off the head just below the ball. Put the tentacles in a bowl and cover liberally with salt. Using a stiff brush, scrub the tentacles to remove any slime. Rinse and drain.Spread out the octopus, sucker side down, and cut off the 8 complete tentacles. Cut away the webbed skin that hangs from the sides of the tentacles and discard. Trim the tentacles, rinse them in cold water, and drain thoroughly.

  2. If using tentacles: Follow the tentacle steps as per the previous instruction.

  3. If using baby octopus: Rinse them well in cold water and drain thoroughly.

  4. Whisk together the olive oil and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Toss in the octopus, and chill.

  5. Make the herb sachet by placing thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, coriander, cumin and chiles on a small sheet of plastic wrap. Roll up the sachet, and cut off the ends of the roll so that the herbs are just covered.

bagged tentaclesVacuum sealed tentacles

6. Place the octopus in a bag in a single layer and add the sachet. Vacuum-pack (VacMaster VP112) on medium.

bagged baby octopusVacuum sealed baby octopus

  1. Sous vide (SousVide Supreme) at 77C (170.6F) for 5 hours. There may be a lot of liquid that is released during cooking. Let the octopus cool in the bag just enough so you can handle them, then drain them well. (The liquid is full of flavour and can be saved for another use.)

cleaning tentaclesCleaning the sous vide tentacles

  1. To trim the tentacles, put each tentacle down on a work surface and, with a paring knife, scrape away the top flesh. Then work the knife in both directions, using the top if the knife to peel and scrape away the membranes, including the suckers. If the suckers are difficult to remove, use your hands. You will be left with very clean, smooth pieces of octopus.

  2. If using baby octopus, gently rub the membrane away; it will come off very easily. The octopus will be very tender and delicate so be careful not to pull the tentacles or suckers off.

  3. Refrigerate the cleaned octopus in a covered container until ready to use.

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