Char-Grilled Chilli Octopus

posted by Maree 04-05-99 1:23 AM

Char-Grilled Chilli Octopus
Adapted from "Fast Bistro Food: Favourite Café Food at Home," Victoria Lewis (1994) Simon & Schuster Australia. ISBN : 0 7318 0421 X.

1 kg (2lb) baby octopus (the smaller the better- ideally not more than 4" long)
1/2 cup (4 fl. oz) olive oil
2 tabs. sweet chilli sauce (the Thai type)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup (8 fl. oz) bbq sauce
1 bunch coriander (cilantro).

Clean the octopus if not already done. Ask fishmonger for advice if necessary.

Combine oil, garlic and sauces in a large bowl. Chop all coriander but leave a small amount for garnishing. Add chopped coriander to marinade. Add octopus. Cover/ zip up and refrigerate minimum of three hours- overnight if possible. The longer the better (more tender octopus).

Preheat grill to med-high. Remove octopus from marinade and place on grill. Cook for approx'. 8 minutes. Turn a couple of times during the process. If you notice the octopus drying out, baste with left over marinade and turn the heat down a little.

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