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Grilled Octopus Couscous Salad

Prep: 1h 30 min
Cook: 20 min
Total: 1h 50 min


  • Octopus Tenderizing
      • 2 cups dry white wine (sauvignon blanc)
      • 3 cups water
      • 1 lemon, halved
      • 2 bay leaves
      • 2 wine corks
      • ~1 1/4lb raw octopus, previously frozen and cleaned
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • Spray avocado or olive oil
    • pinch of sea salt & pepper
    • 1 tablespoon The Fit Cook SEA seasoning
    • 1 cup cooked pearl couscous
    • 3/4lb (thick) asparagus spears
    • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2oz pitted Kalamata olives, halved (OPTIONAL)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 cup freshly chopped parsley, tightly packed
  • 1/3 cup freshly chopped basil
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

Steps to prepare Grilled Octopus Salad Recipe

Step 1

To a pot, add water, wine, lemon, bay leaves and wine cork. Bring to a gentle simmer, then add the whole octopus. Simmer for 1 – 1.5 hours. Once the octopus has cooked, transfer the octopus to a bowl to cool down to remove temperature.

Step 2

Cook couscous according to instructions given on the package, then set aside to cool. Even better: place in the fridge to chill.

Step 3

Chop the tentacles from the body of the octopus, discard the rest (unless you’d like to grill the head as well), and place the tentacles in a bowl. Add sea salt & pepper and The Fit Cook Sea seasoning. Rub all over the tentacles and set aside to marinate for a few minutes.

Step 4

Place a griddle, cast iron skillet OR an actual grill on medium high heat. Spray with oil then add asparagus spears to cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the color turns vibrant green and sear marks appear along the edges. Remove from heat, let them cool, then chop into pieces.

Step 5

Add 1 tablespoon avocado oil to the griddle and add the tentacles (or use spray oil to reduce calories).  Cook for 4 – 6 minutes, flipping halfway through, until sear marks appear along the tentacles.  Once seared, remove from heat, let it cool a bit, then chop into pieces.

Step 6

In a large bowl, add ALL of the ingredients. Toss together and season to taste with sea salt & pepper.

Step 7

For best results, place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour (or overnight) and then enjoy!