Crispy Octopus and Potatoes

Using high-quality canned octopus lets you skip braising and get straight to perfectly tender octopus for this quick and delicious dish from Food & Wine's Justin Chapple. We love the Ramon Pena brand, especially the paprika variety for extra depth of flavor.

Crispy Octopus and Potatoes
Photo: Abby Hocking
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 pound baby red potatoes

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Two 4.9-ounce cans sliced octopus in paprika sauce (preferably Ramon Pena brand; see Note)

  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet Pimentón de la Vera (smoked Spanish paprika)

  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and simmer over moderate heat until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and spread on a baking sheet to cool, then cut in half.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the potatoes and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and nearly crisp, about 5 minutes. Add in the sliced octopus and cook, turning occasionally, until the octopus is browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley, lemon juice and paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Serve right away.


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