Octopus Carpaccio

Octopus Carpaccio

An old favourite from our Borough Market restaurant. Use our cooked tentacles to cut down the preparation time. Simply defrost a day ahead to enjoy. A perfect starter or light plate.
  • Time 90minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Difficulty Average


  • 600g of raw Galician double sucker octopus
  • 500g Rosevale potatoes (or a similarly waxy new potato)
  • 1 lemon
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 200g plum tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 20ml soy sauce
  • 50g rocket salad
  • 5g Smoked Paprika
  • 3 juniper berries
  • 1 sprig rosemary


  1. Steam the octopus for 90 minutes, retaining the juices
  2. Allow to cool and slice the octopus as thinly as possible
  3. Simmer the potatoes with the rosemary and juniper, in half the octopus liquor until just cooked. Drain, and place in a sealed container to steam. This allows the waxiness of the potato to come through.
  4. In a bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and about 20 ml of the octopus cooking liquor. Add the smoked paprika, tomato concasse, chopped garlic, soy sauce and parsley to the dressing, allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  5. To serve arrange the octopus and potato slices on the plate, lightly dress with the dressing and top with the rocket leaves.

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