Christopher Testani
Active Time
35 MIN
Total Time
2 HR 35 MIN
Yield
Serves : 4

José Andrés adds a clean copper penny to the saucepan to replicate the traditional technique of cooking octopus in a copper pot. The chemical reaction of the copper and the octopus gives the tentacles a gorgeous purple tint. Slideshow: More Octopus Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large pot, bring 8 quarts of water to a boil. Add the salt, peppercorns, bay leaf and the penny. Holding the octopus by the head, carefully and quickly dip the tentacles into the water 3 times, then lower it into the pot. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer until almost tender, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
If necessary, place a plate over the octopus to keep it submerged.

Step 2    

Add the potatoes and cook until 
the octopus and potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes more. Transfer the octopus and potatoes to a work surface; discard the braising liquid. Separate 
the tentacles and cut the head in half. Using a paper towel, wipe the purple 
skin off the tentacles, leaving the suckers intact. Thinly slice the potatoes and arrange on a platter.


Step 3    

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the octopus with the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Grill over moderately high heat, turning, until lightly charred, about 4 minutes. Arrange the octopus on 
the platter with the potatoes. Drizzle with the lemon juice and more olive oil. 
Sprinkle with the paprika, flaky sea salt and parsley leaves; serve.


Notes

Andrés adds a clean penny to the saucepan to replicate the traditional technique of cooking octopus in a copper pot. Soak the penny in distilled 
white vinegar and salt for 10 minutes, then scrub it clean before using. 

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