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Octopus in his water: how to prepare it with the Bari recipe

Simple, tasty and perfect for any occasion, octopus with water is a recipe that you absolutely must try on its own or to season pasta.

Octopus all'acqua sua is one of those fish recipes that cannot fail to amaze. Also perfect for those who don't feel very knowledgeable in the kitchen, especially with this kind of preparations, it is incredibly simple . Without any effort and with very few ingredients you will obtain a tender and tasty octopus that contains all the flavors of the sea.

In fact, octopus cooked in its own water includes, in addition to the octopus, only the use of onion , cherry tomatoes , oil , garlic and parsley . All the ingredients are combined in a saucepan, preferably made of terracotta , sealed with a lid and baking paper and then cooked over low heat. The steam released by the octopus will keep the meat tender and you will not need to add water or other liquids. Fantastic, right?

How to prepare the recipe for octopus in its water

  1. First wash and clean the octopus by removing the eyes and beak. You can also use defrosted octopus , usually sold already cleaned, or ask the fishmonger to clean it for you.
  2. Place the octopus in a pot, preferably terracotta, and add the cherry tomatoes cut in half, the sliced ​​onion , the parsley sprigs, the garlic clove and the oil .
  3. Cover the opening with baking paper then put the lid on.
  4. Turn the heat on to medium power and let the octopus cook for 40-45 minutes. The cooking time varies according to the size of the fish but you can always check the progress by pricking the meat with a fork: it should be very tender.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the octopus cool for at least half an hour before serving.

The best way to enjoy octopus in its water with the Bari recipe is at room temperature, simply accompanied by slices of toasted homemade bread. It is also excellent for seasoning pasta , especially spaghetti: if you have any leftovers, you already know how to use it!

Also take a look at our other recipes with octopus , you will surely find some ideas that are right for you, especially once you discover how simple it is to cook.


The octopus in its water can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days . We advise you to bring it back to room temperature before consuming it or to heat it slightly in a pan.

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