Inspired by some excellent marinated octopus we had in Portland Oregon several years ago, the recent NPR article that contained this recipe, my trip to the Eden Center, I had to try an octopus recipe. The recent discovery of grills-in-the-park in Arlington and 70 degree weather last Saturday made this possible. I have spared you pictures of the cute baby octopi that defrosted so nicely. Needless to say I had to clean them myself.
Nine octopi were marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette and made three kebabs. They cooked for three minutes a side just until the tips were charred.
Yummy. I didn't get the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness I hoped for, but they were pretty tasty and not rubbery. If these guys weren't overfished I would do this more often. But seeing as these guys came from Thailand, I'm probably not going to do this again for a long time.