BBQ Baby Octopus salad

I went up to Brisbane in November for my sister’s graduation. Our family had dinner at a casual seafood bbq restaurant – I can’t remember the name. But they had the best BBQ octopus salad – the octopus was very tender.

My dad knew the chef so he called him up a few days later and asked for the recipe. It turns out the secret ingredient is… kiwi fruit.

First you take baby octopus that has been cleaned, and you marinate it with kiwi fruit that has been pulped. I use about 3 kiwi fruits for 600g of bbq octopus. Just put the octopus in a bowl, spoon out the kiwi fruit, mash the kiwi flesh with your fingers and mix well with the octopus. For the size of baby octopus, don’t leave it for longer than 30 minutes otherwise the octopus starts to disintegrate. The chef said it is also used on steaks.

I did a search on kiwi fruit and according to the Food Coach and Nudie websites raw kiwifruit is rich in the protein-dissolving enzyme actinidin which is a natural meat tenderizer.

The next part is quite messy. After the kiwi fruit has done its magic, you have to rinse the octopus and pat dry. Then marinate as normal. I like putting it in some olive oil, garlic, oregano, smoky paprika and a splash of red wine vinegar.

Throw it on the barbeque and serve with some mixed salad leaves.

Try it, it really works!

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