Octopus on Toast


A dreadful thing has happened: I am too busy to cook. If I’m at home of an evening then I’m so dog tired that I just need something fast, tasty and relatively healthy before I fall asleep in front of the telly, glass of wine in hand.

Octopus on toast is ticking all those boxes. I buy ready-cooked baby octopus in oil, chop them up, mix with herbs, chilli and lemon, pile on toast and sprinkle with a little good EVOO. You can find cooked baby octopus in fishmongers, or they are readily available uncooked in Asian supermarkets (a cheaper option). You can also buy octopus morsels tinned in major supermarkets.

This was delicious and ready in 5 minutes. I can see ‘things on toast’ becoming extremely popular in this house over the next few weeks.



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15 Responses to “Octopus on Toast”

  1. Lizzie

    I feel your pain – I can’t tell you how many 11pm freezer surprise dinners I’ve had recently.

    I am off to the shops to stock up on tinned fishy bits – mashed sardines with chilli sauce, spring onion on toast and grilled sounds gross but is delicious.

  2. Paul

    I’ve got to say I’m actually quite fond of tinned octopus pieces. The ones I’ve used don’t look anywhere near as nice as yours on toast but in times of need they can be a pretty tasty snack!

    In the “on toast” genre I’m really fond of red pesto, fresh mozzarella and deliciously dark and salty tinned anchovies. If I’m feeling fancy maybe a basil leaf on top as well!

  3. Tiffany

    Wow! This looks great … I love octopus. Great tip that you can get cooked baby ones at the fishmonger! I might give this a try tonight ;)

  4. Lou Garçon

    you dun it again Stanley…
    I wish I could take me taste buds out before reading your updates…
    currently drooling all over me keyboard…!

    What’s EVOO when it’s at ome…?

  5. Sally - My Custard Pie

    This exactly describes my life at the moment – and I would be very happy with that gorgeous looking octopus on toast (sadly the rest of my family would be horrified).

  6. Robert

    Octopus can be surprising as their appearance is a bit off putting. But I like the idea of eating octopus, having tried it on holiday but I would probably enjoy it more with hot pasta.

  7. Helen

    Lou – EVOO is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

  8. Food For Think

    My GOD that looks gooooood!

    It’s these kind of things that take 5 mins to make that can be some of the most delicious!

  9. Tori (@eat-tori)

    This looks fantastic. I feel your pain. Where would we be without things on toast? Frozen peas cooked and mushed with parmesan, chilli salt and pepper have been my saviour many a night…

  10. Kerri

    “Things on Toast” is my go-to when I don’t have time for cooking, we’ve been eating a lot of it lately too! I haven’t tried octopus though, thanks for the tip!

  11. Maunika

    I couldnt agree more Helen. Being super busy with work I find it the same some evenings. But what a treat this would be. Even with ready cooked octopus you’ve turned it into something so delish that I could eat my screen!

  12. shayma

    that is an effing gorgeous photos. that is all. x shayma

  13. Wesley Winegarden

    I love the blog, and love the food you create and write about, but quite frankly I found the pictures in this entry a bit scary!

  14. Helen

    Wesley – Ha ha, yes I think many people would share that sentiment! Octopus can look scary. If you want to try it without the fear it might be worth trying one of those little tins you can buy in the supermarkets because the little morsels you get in there don’t really look like bits of octopus if you see what I mean. Could be a good introduction because the flavour is fantastic.

  15. thelittleloaf

    Octopus is so delicious – people shouldn’t be so scared by it! If you buy a couple of large tentacles, boil them up and slice they look like completely innocuous little white discs – tender, delicate and totally delicious. Recently had an incredible octopus carpaccio at Trullo with tiny mushy potatoes, tarragon and spicy olive oil. Incredible.

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