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The weather has been really nice in the Bay Area and my children want to play outside in the park and go biking.  My already-busy life has turned into super-hectic life and I find myself struggling to find time to do everything.

When I am too busy to make a full bento for my son’s lunch, I sometimes make this Cute Octopus Sausage Bento because it’s super quick and fun!

Okay…it’s not really “octopus sausage”, but these sausages are cut to shape like octopus.  Did you think they are really made of octopus?  :)

Cute Octopus Sausage Bento |

In Japan, moms try to feed their children nutritious food that are sometimes not popular with children by making the food look more interesting and fun.  You have probably seen cute Japanese bentos like these with animal shapes and character shapes.  Octopus sausages are one of the easiest thing you can make.

Cute Octopus Sausage Bento |

To learn how to make quick and easy Octopus Sausages, click HERE for the step by step pictures.  I hope this easy octopus sausage dish will be helpful when you are busy.  Have a nice weekend!

Octopus Sausage |

My sponsor, Lunch-à-Porter sent me today’s Bento Box ($29.00), Oval silicone cups ($12), Eiffel Tower Fork ($4.00) as a gift.  Check out their cute bento boxes and accessories and get 15% off using coupon code JOC15!

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Cute Octopus Sausage Bento
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Serves: 1 Bento
  1. Make Onigiri and let it cool before packing into the bento box.
  2. Make Octopus Sausages and set aside to let it cool before packing in the bento box. I used two sesame seeds for octopus eyes. :)
  3. Pack tomatoes, grapes and broccoli in the bento box.
  4. Make sure all the foods cool down completely before closing the bento box.
[Please read FOOD SAFETY TIPS].

* This lunch is for my 6-year-old son.

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  1. Kimmi

    I was wondering how you got eyes on those octopuses (octopi?)! Very clever idea, and so cute too. And it’s not just kids who like fun shapes in their food… =) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ha ha, Nami, actually I did think the sausages were made with octopus! That’s a cute way to dress up lunch and I bet your kids enjoyed them. Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day early — hope you take the whole day to sit down and relax! xo

  3. Hi Nami!! Today I was just thinking of’s nice to find you did the same…your ideas for kids are great..children are the same all over the world, italian’s use to ” fare i capricci” (to have a tantrum) about healthy food just like japanese..

  4. Oh my, the sausages are so cute! If I am the one that having this bento, and when I open the cover, my eyes and mouth will be widely opened up looking at this cute “octopus”. You are a wonderful mum!

  5. Love the sausage octopus. The first time I ever saw them was in a Japanese tv series Sissi recommended to me. If only I could remember the title.

  6. I’m sure you must be super busy! Two young children is quite demanding and then there’s everything else you do. How cute! I have never seen sausages prepared like this. I think my little guy would think these very wonderful if I put them in his lunch box xx

  7. Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Nami, this is the cutest bento! Your kids are so lucky to have a Mom creating these for them! I love the octopus sausages. I have to try making them for my grandchildren! You’re so creative!

  8. That’s it Nami! I’m coming to live with you! I would love to open my lunchbox and find these cute sausages! Actually, everything in this bento box is perfect for my lunch! You are such a good mom. Thanks for sharing these fun treats!

  9. Allen at Cook! Bake! Share!

    These “octopus” bentos would brighten any student’s school day! I am sure your son enjoyed it. Allen.

  10. These are octopus sausages are adorable!! How very clever… something any child would love to show off at lunch to their friends. :)

  11. I love making octopuses out of the hot-dogs, and honestly I didn’t even thought of adding it to my kids lunch boxes…thanks for the inspiration. This is very well balanced bento! Enjoy sunny weather with your fam!

  12. Sandra

    Oh, just too cute! Well done – another inspiring lunchbox!!!! Keep it up – I look forward to more of your lunchboxes.

  13. Hi nami. Yes I must say they are terribly cute. Too cute to be eaten. I’m not sure if you’ll remember me but I used to keep up a blog but got busy and stopped. Well, I’m giving blogging another shot. Hope to stick around for a while.

  14. Liz

    These are SO cute! Your kids must be the envy of their friends with their amazing lunches!

    PS…thank you for the kind words of sympathy, my friend. xo

  15. You are so clever and what a great mom! My mom never made little animals from sausages. :) What a fun bento! I’m sure your son loved it.

  16. Eha

    Yes, Nami, I thought I was going to be presented with a recipe for an octopus sausage too :) ! Am certain tho’ that at lunchtime your son’s friends will be most envious of the way his bento box looks 😀 !

  17. Jayne

    I wouldn’t have minded octopus flavoured sausage. 😛 But yes, this is incredibly cute! Keeping this idea for when I have kids. Broccoli would be edible little trees and noodles would be monster snake. haha… We used to imagine we’re giants eating a town of a ramen. 😀

  18. I hear you gal…. my life has become more crazy with summer being here… sometime i doubt that if I am a human anymore or a machine..LOL
    YOu kow you always make me so happy with your bentos… and also make me feel guilty for packing boring lunch for my kids… One day hopefully I will pack such pretty lunch too!

  19. lol, this takes me back… my ex-girlfriend used to call me “tako” :p.

    I love the cute little sausages Nami – they serve sausages like this in Sweden too for Christmas (they take a miniature sausage and make a cross at each end, so each end flares out). So cute to make it into a little octopus :)

  20. They even have eyes!!! You are amazing, Nami. I think you can make your children eat absolutely anything with such a cute presentation. With your gorgeus bentos I have started to look through websites and plan buying a real nice bento box (until now I have been carrying a very good quality but not so beautiful transparent lunch boxes, without separations etc.; eating from them is not a real pleasure…).
    I have first learnt about octopus-shaped sausages in Shinya Shokudo (film), I think it was the first episode, with a yakuza story… I once made these for my husband who likes Vienna sausages a lot and he found it amusing too.

  21. These are adorable, Nami! I’m so impressed with the care and detail you give to your children’s lunches. They always look so appealing and creative! Wish I had a bento box for lunch today. :)

  22. I’d eat my lunch every time if it was this cute. The kids are so lucky you take so much care in fixing their lunch. Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.

  23. They are so cute. I thought at first they were really tiny octupus. I’m sure it’s always nice weather up north and here is very hot and fire season. Have a nice weekend, Nami. :)

  24. Pooja @ MomsLtd

    looks amazing and so delicious but I want to ask one thing after viewing your food photography
    May I know your photography kit. your pics looks amazing

  25. Nami, what a fun way to create a different kind of bento box for your kids – they must be truly pleased and amazed at the different ideas you come up with to make their food not only adorable but also always different, never ever boring!
    Do take good care of yourself, Nami and have a lovely weekend with the family!

  26. Good morning dear Nami!
    Your bento boxes so much fun-)) Nami, you will be so proud of me, I made the dumplings yesterday, the dough and everything. My daughter helped me and my son finished them in no time! I am not ready to post my creation yet, need more practice, but I am getting there.

    I am wishing you a happy and beautiful day today,


  27. Awww these are super cute! I know I’ve said this again and again but really would love to grow up eating these bento boxes! But nope didn’t have that luxury hehe but may be one day… I might make it for my own children :) Or actually I might make it for my next party hehe I don’t think anyone will complain if I serve that octopus sausages hehe

  28. Your bento boxes never disappoint! Those little octopus sausages are the cutest. My kids would be so excited about lunch if I packed this in their backpacks! Hope you and the family are doing well! Take care, Terris

  29. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    OMG! This is too cute. I can’t wait to give it a try – what a perfect way to surprise my nephew.

  30. Right now Tiffany is staying home all day, but in the future, when we’ll decide to take her to school I’ll have to come back and take lunch lessons from you.
    You have the most delicious ideas. I bet your kids lunch boxes are the talk of the day.
    Thanks for sharing and thank you for the lovely comment left on my guest post (dulce de leche bars) left on Liz’s blog

  31. I always save a whole bunch of bento links so that I can be creative and create cute things for little kids to eat. I feel silly making cute bentos for myself, you know?

    • Hi wawa! I headed some readers used basmati rice or jasmine rice to make onigiri so it’s possible. However when Japanese rice is cooked, each grain sticks to others. It is easier to make onigiri with Japanese rice but if you prefer other kinds that’s totally okay. :)