Smoked Octopus

A couple of times a year, my husband, Scott, likes to surprise our daughter, by bringing home octopus to smoke. It was during a family vacation to Hawaii that Nena fell in love with “Smoked Tako”. That’s the Hawaiian name for smoked octopus (“tako” is Japanese for “octopus”).

Because flying to Hawaii a few times a year is not in our budget, we had to come up with our own version of smoked tako. I tried different brines, but couldn’t achieve the right flavor. After a lot of trial and error, I came up with this version.

Here’s a helpful link that will teach you how to clean the baby octopus:

Cleaning and Preparing Octopus



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Smoked Baby Octopus
smoked octopus
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
smoked octopus
Instructions
  1. If you are still with me, and didn't get grossed out by the video, awesome, glad you're back! The next step is to mix the brine ingredients, making sure the salt is completely dissolved. Place octopus in the brine and refrigerate overnight.
    brined baby octopus
  2. Set an electric smoker to 140 degrees F. While the smoker is heating up, soak hickory wood chips in water for 30 minutes. Remove octopus from the brine solution and arrange on the smoker shelves. When 30 minutes have elapsed, drain the wood chips and add to the smoker
    brined baby octopus
  3. When the smoker is ready, place shelves back inside the smoker. Smoke for 1 to 11/2 hours, or until you achieve the desired flavor/texture.
    octopus in smoker
  4. Once you're satisfied with the results, remove the octopus from the smoker, and go to town on those bad boys! Nena likes to eat them like jerky, but I'm sure other ideas can be found online, such as adding them to a salad, or pasta. Have fun creating!
    octopus
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2 thoughts on “Smoked Octopus”

  • When we were in Vitoria, Brazil, we found a restaurant on the beach that serviced Ceviche with smoked octopus. I had never had it before with octopus much less smoked octopus but it gave it a totally different flavor. Needless to say, I LOVED IT! 🙂

    • OK, that sounds amazing! I love ceviche. The next time my husband brings home some octopus to smoke, I’m definitely going to make some ceviche with it.Thanks for the idea!

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