Octopus Tacos with Pineapple Salsa


We’ve had the tradition of every Tuesday being Taco Tuesday for several years now. Although we love traditional beef tacos in crunchy shells, we don’t have them that often. I love to explore different flavors and ingredients for our tacos, so every week is a new adventure. We’ve made so many types of different tacos, I was really searching for something different, that’s when I decided we should try octopus.

Before making these tacos, I had never actually made octopus at home. We have had it at restaurants several times, and I knew loved it, so I couldn’t wait to make it at home.

It was really easy. You just boil the octopus until it’s tender and sear it, or grill it if you like. Skipping the boiling makes the octopus really tough and chewy.


For the salsa, I decided to make a simple pineapple and cucumber salsa. This cool sweet salsa pairs wonderfully with the salty octopus. I also made a simple spicy mayo to fisnish these tacos with mayo, hot sauce and lime. It was so simple.


You can find this recipe for Octopus Tacos with Pineapple Salsa also appeared on the Kitchenthusiast Blog at KitchenAid.com.

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Yield: serves 4

Octopus Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

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Cook Time:10 minutes    Total Time:60 minutes


8 octopus tentacles (6-inch, about 1-inch round)
water (for boiling)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple (chopped)
1 cup cucumber (chopped)
1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro (freshly)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons mayo
1 tablespoon sriracha (Tabasco or other chili hot sauce)
1 teaspoon lemon (/lime juice)
8 corn tortillas
3 tablespoons vegetable oil


Add octopus to a large 8 quart stockpot (KitchenAid® Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware). Add 4 quarts water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 20 – 30 minutes, or until octopus is done. After octopus is done, remove from water and place on a plate.

Combine all ingredients for pineapple salsa to a medium mixing bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Combine all ingredients for spicy mayo and mix well. Set aside.

Heat a medium skillet (KitchenAid® Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware) over medium heat. Drizzle pan with sesame oil. Add octopus tentacles and lightly sear on each side. About 1 – 2 minutes per side.

In another medium skillet (KitchenAid® Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware) heated over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Add small corn tortillas to skillet and lightly brown on each side, 1 – 2 minutes per side. Continue cooking all 8 tortillas, adding additional vegetable oil as needed.

To serve tacos, place two tentacles on a fried tortilla and top with pineapple salsa and spicy mayonnaise.

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  16 Responses to “Octopus Tacos with Pineapple Salsa”

  1. Paula - bell'alimento — June 9, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    Just in time for taco Tuesday tomorrow!

  2. [email protected] — June 9, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

    My boys would love these tacos, octopus and all!

  3. I’ve never had octopus before. Great idea to put it in tacos!

  4. Ginny McMeans — June 9, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

    Just loving tacos and the pineapple salsa makes a great addition.

  5. I love pineapple salsa – I bet it was the perfect touch for these tacos!

  6. That pineapple salsa pairs perfectly with those tacos! Looks great!

  7. christine — June 9, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    I’ve only tried octopus once and it was years ago. I liked it, but I don’t know if I could work w/ it. I am a bit scared of it. It looks absolutely delish, but I am such a wimp.

  8. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — June 10, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    I’ve never had octopus before! But I’d definitely give it a try like this. 🙂

  9. What an incredible way to change up taco Tuesday!

  10. Hooray for Taco Tuesday!!! I never thought to make Octopus tacos. You’re absolutely correct – Skipping the boling step does make octopus chewy. These would be perfect for a light summer dinner.

  11. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — June 10, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    I LOVE that you put octopus in these! I had octopus sushi at Downtown disney once and loved it!

  12. What a clever spin on the usual Taco Tuesday! Well done!

  13. I love all types of seafood. Great idea to add octopus in tacos. These look so delicious 😉

  14. Nutmeg Nanny — June 11, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    OMG I love that you used octopus! It’s so delicious when cooked correctly…yum!

  15. yes! these look amazing!

  16. I will definitely be making these! I’ve only ever had octopus in ceviche and sushi but this looks incredible!

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