This Greek Grilled Octopus makes a delicious appetizer prepared at home. It is a popular food in Greece and it can be served as a meze as well. The octopus can be cooked in many different ways and it is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine.  

Greek Grilled Octopus

Greek Grilled Octopus can be served as meze or as an appetizer.
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greece
Keyword: octopus
Servings: 4


  • 1 medium to large octopus, beak and ink-sac removed (most octopi are already cleaned)
  • cup red wine
  • splash of balsamic or wine vinegar
  • cracked black pepper
  • fresh or dried Greek oregano
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • lemon wedges


  • Over high heat place a pot with water and bring to boiling.
  • Add the octopus in the pot, cover it lid and let it boil for about 5-8 minutes. Make sure it is almost covered in liquid.
  • Then reduce the temperature to a medium-low and continue to cook for about 45 minutes until tender.
  • Turn off the heat leave it aside and add balsamic vinegar, wine, and oregano you can leave it overnight to marinate.
  • Allow the octopus to steep until the liquid has cooled or even better, place in the fridge overnight.
  • Next day place it to a bowl and add balsamic vinegar, dried Greek oregano, olive oil, and season with ground black pepper and sea salt.
  • Grill the octopus to your barbecue on a high heat for about 2-3 minutes on both sides.
  • Place the grilled octopus to a plate and squeeze fresh lemon juice, and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.

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