Octopus With Harissa and Chickpeas

I love octopus!  It’s a go to when I see it on the menu at a restaurant because I don’t make it at home often.  It’s a process, long, tedious and can go wrong quick!  It a matter of less than a minute you can turn that mollusc into a chewy piece of rubber that no one can eat.  I break down making an octopus recipe into two parts 1. Clean/Prep 2. Grill/Sear/Create.  The 1st part is the long tedious part that no one really wants to do. 

So??? Can we bypass that and go right to the second part of creating a great dish with well-prepared precooked octopus?

The answer is yes, we can.  I tried it the other day with precooked octopus I found at Costco! I was hesitant at first but figured why not give it a try!  I don’t think it trumps a well-prepared version at home but if you don’t want to defrost, clean, prep, tenderize, cook, and simmer.  Precooked octopus form Costco the way to go. Check it out the quick recipe below!

  • Costco Pre Cooked Octopus
  • 2 Cans Chickpeas
  • 2 Garlic Clove (one grated with micro-plane, one chopped )
  • Tahini Paste
  • Red Pepper Paste
  • Diced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Jar Pre-Made Harissa (or make your own)
  • Handful Chopped Parsley
  • Marinate Precooked Octopus overnight in ½ cup harissa.
  • Homemade Hummus

In a food processor place one can of chickpeas, grated garlic glove, tablespoon of tahini, tablespoon of red pepper paste, salt, pepper to taste.  Blend while slowly adding ½ cup of olive oil until smooth.  If needed add a few tablespoons of water to get desired texture.  Set to the side.

On a super-hot grill, sear octopus tentacle until charred. Let cool for two minutes then slice on a bias.  Set aside.

In a hot pan add chopped garlic, olive oil, chickpeas, then two tablespoons of harissa then toss.