How to cook the octopus? ¿Do you know how to do it?
How, when, where to cook octopus? A lot of questions appear in the kitchen after buying an octopus and there is no idea how to prepare this delicious recipe.
With the tricks and counsels proper of a mother that we will share from Calidadgourmet, you will look like a real chef. So, grip the octopus and the computer and let’s go to the kitchen!
The purpose is to make it smooth, but tender at the same time, so we will give you some recommendations.
First of all, we are going to freeze the octopod. Why? According to the experts, the transition from frozen to thawed is what produces the break of fibres of the octopus’ meat. That is to say, when the octopus is at room temperature again, the meat becomes softer. Traditionally it was cook in copper pots, but you can use any wide base casserole where we can place the octopus and where it is possible to cover with water to the top.
This cooking takes a lot of water because even after the water evaporates, it must still be submerged. It is possible to add bay leaves, as well as chopped onion to give taste while the octopus is cooking. Once it is cooked and no before, we have to season with sea salt and smoked paprika to taste.
Never ever drown the octopus in boiling water because it is going to change of colour, proving that you have no idea about how to cook the octopus, as well as you can scald yourself. Because of this, we recommend that when water starts to boil to submerge and remove the octopus 4 or 5 times at intervals of 2 seconds.
It is now for the eye
The boiling time is not exact science, the professional chefs do not even know the exact time. Each octopus is different so it takes different time to cooking. Next, we are going to give you a tip to you to make the cooking time easier: 1 kg. octopus needs 20 minutes in pot and other 20 minutes of settle. Keep in mind that this data is indicative. Here’s a little trick for beginners, you can leave the octopus to stand in the same water in which you have cooked. Thus the octopus will remain cooked, although without any direct heat source. The delicacy will finish softening without overcook and keeping the temperature until be served.
As we have explained before, it is quite hard to estimate the cooking time of the octopus and even harder when we use a pressure cooker. The pressure cookers are different among them. That is why this method is not very popular though you can use it. Using the pressure cooker you could have the octopus ready in 6 or 7 minutes and you will not have to leave to stand.