Boiled Octopus

Polpo bollito - Purpu Vugghiutu




Polpo Bollito  


Serves 4



·        2 lb polpo, defrosted, cleaned and washed  

·        1 lemon 

·        3 bay leaves 





In a large pot, boil 3 gallons of water. Add lemon cut in half and bay leaves. Using a pot fork, submerge and remove each polpo three times and then let it cook over a high flame.  

When the water starts to boil again, cook for 15 minutes, shut off the flame and cover. Keep it in the hot water for an additional 15 minutes.  




Taste for tenderness. If it is not done, keep it in the hot water for another 5 minutes. 

Use a pot fork to transfer the polpo to a serving dish.  

Can be eaten hot, sprinkled with salt and lemon juice. If you prefer, the boiled polpo can be finished into an appetizing salad or can be fried as per the recipes to follow.