Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spicy Baby Octopus (serves 2)

I came across these baby octopus and I just had to buy them.  I harvested the last of my jalapeno peppers and Thai basil leaves and incorporated them in this dish.  You can serve this with toasted French bread slices and soak up the sauce after.  This is tasty and will make your lips tingle! 

Spicy Baby Octopus (serves 2)


1-lb baby octopus, cleaned
2 red jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced
3 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp garlic chives
1/4 C of Thai basil leaves
1 tsp mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
1 tsp fish sauce
2 Tbsp olive oil
A pinch of sugar


1) Heat oil in a medium size pan over medium high heat.
2) Add peppers, garlic, ginger, chives, and basil leaves, saute for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
3) Add octopus, fish sauce and sugar, cook for 6-8 minutes
4) Cover lid and cook for 1-2 minutes (or until the octopus are cooked).
5) Remove octopus and reduce the sauce by cooking for 5-6 more minutes.
6) Pour sauce over octopus and serve.

The cooking time for the octopus to become tender may take up to 25-30 minutes. If the octopus is not tender enough for you (Step 5 above) then keep the octopus in the pot while reducing the sauce. Bite into one to check for tenderness.

"home sweet home"
(Boothbay Harbor, ME, 2012)
(Boothbay Harbor, ME, 2012)
"mud hen too"
(Boothbay Harbor, ME, 2012)
row boat and oars
(Boothbay Harbor, ME, 2012)
*I had red jalapeno peppers, garlic chives and Thai basil growing in my garden.  The green jalapeno peppers turned red later and they are more colorful to add to this dish.  I did not find that one is more spicy than the other.
*I bought the already cleaned baby octopus from an Asian store called H-Mart in Burlington, MA.  The store has a huge inventory of Asian food supplies.
*"Home Sweet Home" photo was accepted in a juried exhibition at Main Street Art in Newfield, NH, in 2012.  This historic home is currently occupied by a local resident.  

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