Octopus ‘à lagareiro’ (octopus with potatoes in the oven)

  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 1:10 h
  • Ready In : 1:15 h
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A very tasty typical Portuguese recipe, cooked octopus that goes in the oven with jacket potatoes, seasoned with garlic, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with chopped coriander.

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  • 1 kg / (2 1/4 pounds) octopus
  • 1 small onion
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1.2 kg / (2 2/3 pounds) potatoes
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 sprig of parsley
  • Coriander (to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 150 ml / (1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons) olive oil


    Step 1

    1. Clean and wash the octopus. Place it in a pressure cooker with water seasoned with a sprig of parsley and a unpeeled onion. Leave to cook about 35 minutes. When the octopus is cooked, remove to a plate and set aside.

    Step 2

    1. Wash the unpeeled potatoes. Place the potatoes in a pan with water seasoned with a little salt and cook. When they are cooked, place them on a plate.

    Step 3

    1. Place the octopus and the potatoes in a glass baking dish. Season with the chopped garlic and the bay leaf. Drizzle with olive oil and bring to preheated oven at 180°C / (350ºF) about 30 to 35 minutes. Once in a while drizzle with their own sauce.

    Step 4

    1. Turn off the oven and sprinkle with chopped coriander.
    2. Our recipe has been featured on Momondo.com

Nutrition facts per serving (4 servings):

Calories: 733
Total Fat: 38.5 g(59%)
Saturated Fat: 5 g(26%)
Cholesterol: 0 mg(0%)
Sodium: 58 mg(2%)
Total Carbohydrate: 50.5 g(17%)
Protein: 48 g

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Comments (8)

  1. posted by Holly on 2015/10/24

    Just came back from Portugal & ate this three times during my trip. I love it. Heading to the store today to get octopus and try your recipe.

  2. posted by Tammy Poole on 2017/12/16

    I had this multiple times in Portugal and in Angola (past Portuguese colony.) I am now back in the US and want to try and make this. I am surprised that the octopus is both pressure cooked for 35 minutes and oven cooked for 30-35 minutes. I have never cooked it before but I was expecting it to be something that you lightly cook to avoid it being rubbery, etc. Interesting!

    • posted by FoodFromPortugal on 2017/12/17

      Hi Tammy,

      Baking the octopus in the pressure cooker speeds up the process. The 35 minutes depends on the oven, the octopus and the potatoes have to turn golden as it is in the photo. Bon appetit!!!

      • posted by Megan on 2018/10/01

        Should it be cooked on a low or high pressure setting?

  3. posted by Nerizz on 2018/01/15

    I tried this recipe for octopus and it was perfectly done! I will cook this again.


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