Octopus rice

Octopus rice on a tureen

Nothing like an octopus rice to celebrate a great family lunch. It’s a traditional recipe very tasty and ideal for Winter days.

Category: Fish, Recipes, Typical Portuguese dishes
Servings:: 4
Prep Time: 10 m
Cook Time: 60 m
Total Time: 1:10 h
Ingredients: bay leaf, coriander, garlic, octopus, olive oil, onion, parsley, pepper, rice, tomato
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  • 1 kg / (2 1/4 pounds) octopus
  • 1 large onion
  • 50 ml / (3 1/3 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 250 grams / (8 3/4 ounces) rice
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • Coriander (to taste)
  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small onion to cook the octopus
  • Salt (to taste)


  1. Clean and wash the octopus. Put it in a pressure cooker with water seasoned with a small unpeeled onion, a bay leaf and a bunch of parsley. Cook about 35 minutes. When the octopus is cooked, drain it and cut into pieces. Reserve the cooking water.
  2. Place the olive oil, chopped onion, the chopped garlic and the peeled tomato cut into pieces in a saucepan and simmer over low heat until the tomato start to break down. Add the octopus and the rice seasoned with a little salt and pepper, stir and pour the cooking water (enough water to completely cover the rice and the octopus). Bring to a boil over high heat. When starts boiling, reduce to low heat and cook about 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with chopped coriander. Let stand about 5 minutes and serve.
Octopus rice
Nutrition facts
Serves 4
Per Serving:
Calories 572
Total Fat 15 g(23%)
Saturated Fat 2 g(9%)
Cholesterol 0 mg(0%)
Sodium 48 mg(2%)
Total Carbohydrate 58 g(19%)
Protein 48.5 g

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