Barbecued Octopus With Lemon And Oregano

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Marination Time: 1-2 hours

Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 2 lbs octopus, cleaned and tentacles separated
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh oregano leaves for garnish (optional)
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Prepare the Octopus:
    • Rinse the octopus under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.
    • Using a sharp knife, separate the tentacles from the body.
  2. Marinate the Octopus:
    • In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, smoked paprika, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
    • Season the octopus with salt and pepper, then coat it thoroughly with the marinade.
    • Cover the bowl and let the octopus marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  3. Preheat the Grill:
    • Preheat your barbecue grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill the Octopus:
    • Remove the octopus from the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature.
    • Thread the tentacles onto skewers or use a grill basket to prevent them from falling through the grates.
    • Place the octopus on the preheated grill and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the tentacles are charred and the octopus is cooked through.
  5. Baste with Marinade:
    • While grilling, baste the octopus with the remaining marinade to enhance the flavors.
  6. Check for Doneness:
    • Test the octopus for doneness by inserting a fork into the thickest part; it should be tender.
  7. Serve:
    • Transfer the grilled octopus to a serving platter.
    • Garnish with fresh oregano leaves if desired and serve with lemon wedges on the side.
  8. Enjoy:
    • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the barbecued octopus before enjoying this delicious and flavorful dish.

Serving Tip:

  • Serve the Barbecued Octopus with a side of Greek salad and crusty bread for a complete Mediterranean-inspired meal.

Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the octopus; adjust accordingly for the best results.

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