Easy Japanese Recipes

Octopus Carpaccio たこのカルパッチョ

Octopus Carpaccio | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comThis Octopus Carpaccio (tako carpaccio) is a delicious appetizer with thinly sliced octopus.  If you never had octopus and want to try it for the first time, I highly recommend this dish!  With a light lemon dressing, this octopus carpaccio is very flavorful yet delicate on the palate.

Octopus Carpaccio | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I have prepared octopus carpaccio in the Japanese way.  The dish can be prepared quickly because we skip the time required to prepare and cook raw octopus.  Instead we get octopus sashimi (it’s cooked already) from local Japanese supermarkets or my online store FishforSushi.com.

All you need to do is to thinly slice boiled octopus and place them on a plate, and then chop veggies and make the delicious sauce.  It requires less than 15 minutes to put together this dish, and it’s a perfect appetizer for a big party since it’s so quick and easy to make.

Octopus Carpaccio | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Octopus dishes are commonly enjoyed in the Mediterranean, South American and East Asian countries.  Beside this Japanese style octopus carpaccio, there is also an Italian version of octopus carpaccio that is also popular but requires quite a bit more work.

If you plan to buy a whole octopus, and don’t know what to do with the rest, these are some of the delicious octopus dishes that I’ve shared:

Takoyaki Recipe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comTakoyaki

Octopus Salad | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Japanese Octopus Salad (Tako no Sunomono)

And check out these links from other sites for more octopus dishes!

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Octopus Carpaccio Recipe
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Serves: 4
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon (1.5 Tbsp. lemon juice)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  1. Cut octopus into thin slices.
  2. Keeping the core intact, slice the onion widthwise. Then slice lengthwise and cut crosswise.
  3. Mince the onion to even size. Soak in water for 10 minutes to get rid of bitter taste.
  4. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut the cucumber into thin strips and chop finely.
  5. Cut the tomato in half and remove the seeds. Cut into thin strips and chop finely.
  6. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add all the seasonings and mix all together. Place sliced octopus on a serving tray and place the vegetables on top. Serve chilled.
If you want to know how the Italian prepares the octopus, you can learn it here.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

Posted in: Appetizers, Healthy Recipes, Quick & Easy, Salads, Seafood, Side Dishes

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  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking November 10, 2013, 5:27 pm

    My hubby loves octopus so he would enjoy your carpaccio recipe very much. Looks and sounds delicious, Nami! I love your pictorials- it will be so helpful when I decide to make it!

  • Dr.B.M.Sharma November 10, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Very nice. Systematically presented.

    • Nami November 17, 2013, 3:08 pm

      Thank you Dr. Sharma! :)

  • Lily November 10, 2013, 5:51 pm

    I’m going to try this for Thanksgiving! Thank you!

    • Nami November 17, 2013, 3:09 pm

      Hi Lily! I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do! :)

  • A_Boleyn November 10, 2013, 5:53 pm

    It’s amazing how beautiful you can make an octopus look.

  • Minnie@thelady8home November 10, 2013, 5:57 pm

    A great looking recipe! My son loves octopus, and this would be a great place to start cooking it.

  • yummychunklet November 10, 2013, 6:27 pm

    The octopus looks very tender!

  • Eha November 10, 2013, 6:56 pm

    Again you have taught me something as I thought the octopus [which I could eat every day :) !] would be served raw! Now I know!! Had a look at your on line shop and more items have joined the initial sashimi grade tuna ~ do hope the news of this venture is beginning to permeate the US!! Am passing the info onto as many US friends as I know!!!!

    • Nami November 17, 2013, 3:10 pm

      Eha, Japanese octopus sashimi (even though we call it “sashimi”) is served cooked. :) Thank you again for sharing the online store with your friends. It’s so kind of you! xoxo :)

  • Doreen/mui November 10, 2013, 7:39 pm

    Such a colourful and appetitzing appetizer.
    Nami, thanks for your step by step tutorials for making this appetizer.
    Love it !

  • kwbentodiary November 10, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Gosh…..love this dish!!! You’re always good in cooking and I love it! Thanks for sharing Nami :)

  • Ash-foodfashionparty November 10, 2013, 8:06 pm

    Where do you buy octopus? Looks good Nami. Hubby is very fond of octopus, never made it home, this looks so good.

    • Nami November 20, 2013, 9:09 pm

      Hi Ash! I’m terribly sorry for my late response. I’ve been very behind in emails… :(

      When I need a small portion, I buy octopus sashimi (boiled) from a Japanese grocery store, but otherwise I buy from my own online store (I started FishforSushi.com). It’s great deal compared to a Japanese supermarket. :)

  • gloria November 10, 2013, 8:09 pm

    I love octopus Nami.love this recipe:)

  • nipp November 10, 2013, 10:01 pm

    どうしてこんなきれいな色出せるのかしら? 上手だなあ。いつも感心!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen November 10, 2013, 10:27 pm

    Oh this looks so good, I’d love to have it as an entree as well. I can just smell the aroma of all the ingredients. This will be fun to make. Thanks for sharing, Nami and for the nice blog-visits :-) Have a great week !

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen November 10, 2013, 11:31 pm

    Yes, Italian octopus carpaccio requires a bit more work, but I bet that Italian and Japanese version are both delicious!

  • Debra @The Saffron Girl November 11, 2013, 12:16 am

    Oh yum! Looks delicious Nami! I love octopus. In Spain, we have it “a la gallega” with pimenton/paprika, olive oil and salt, and some steamed potatoes, finely sliced. If I get my hands on a good octopus, I’ll try it this way too. ;)

  • Sissi November 11, 2013, 2:03 am

    Appetising, elegant, healthy, quick…. what else could one ask from a dish??? I am crazy for octopus but hardly every buy it because it weighs 1 kg at least… it’s frozen so I cannot even cut into pieces and freeze it. Do you plan opening a branch of Fish for Sushi in Switzerland? ;-)
    Frankly I could eat either of these dishes every day for the rest of my life.

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker November 11, 2013, 3:54 am

    Wow, I am so going to try my had at this. I have always been wary about preparing cured fish at home; but I think this week I am going to suck it and try this!. Amazing pictures to show off those colours!

  • Monica November 11, 2013, 5:06 am

    I love octopus and I love this preparation! It is so fresh and looks so delicious!

  • Shema | LifeScoops November 11, 2013, 7:27 am

    Nice recipe and pictures :) How I admire your knife skills Nami… Beautiful!!!

  • john@kitchenriffs November 11, 2013, 8:34 am

    This looks like a wonderful dish! Too often I’ve had octopus that was rubbery because it was improperly cooked. Impossible with this dish! Really good stuff – thanks.

  • TheKitchenLioness November 11, 2013, 10:31 am

    Dear Nami, I cannot say that I have eaten octopus many times but when I did, it was mostly at Italian restaurants – and I loved it! But this recipe is a whole different category – so very fresh and light and presented in such an unbelievably pretty fashion – I would love to be able to try this!
    Have a fabulous Monday, dear friend!

  • Raymund November 11, 2013, 12:26 pm

    I would prefer this anytime compared to the beef ones, looks really delicious and vibrant.

  • Rosa November 11, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Fresh, refined and delicious!



  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 11, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Beautiful carpaccio, it reminds me of a painting!

  • Bam's Kitchen November 11, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Nami-san, I did not know that the octopus that I bought in Japan was already boiled. When it is boiled is it just for a couple of seconds to kind of blanch it, per say? I love the toppings and this sounds a fun and quick appetiser to share with friends. Ja Mata, BAM

    • Nami November 20, 2013, 9:12 pm

      Hi Bam! I’m sorry for my late response. Yes, it’s always “cooked”. It’s very white, instead of translucent right? No, it takes a long time to cook a whole octopus. I forgot how long, but it’s not “blanch” it kinda thing. This is our favorite appetizer and guests are always surprised they actually love eating octopus. ;)

  • Ellena Guan (@CuisineParadise) November 11, 2013, 5:10 pm

    Gosh! This look soooo yummy and yet so easy to prepare. Going to look for some Octopus at the nearest supermarket to try this out :)

  • Jayne November 11, 2013, 6:13 pm

    Loving all your beautiful salad recipes lately! Pretty colours and flavours. I love octopus and squid. This seems so easy and quick for a party snack. Good idea!

  • The Ninja Baker November 11, 2013, 6:13 pm

    素敵!たこ焼きも美味しいそう。幸いにFish for Sushi.comでレシピの主人公が購入できますね。


  • Baby Sumo November 11, 2013, 6:48 pm

    Hi Nami, beautiful dish as always! I’m not usually a big fan of octopus as I find them chewy but carpaccio may be the answer as the thinly sliced octopus may be less chewy on the palate. :)

  • Hotly Spiced November 11, 2013, 7:06 pm

    This octopus carpaccio looks so pretty, Nami. I’ve never tried it before but it must be very refreshing with the lemon juice xx

  • cquek November 12, 2013, 12:25 am

    Comforting and delicious! That is something I love making…

  • Katerina November 12, 2013, 1:58 am

    I love octopus and we eat it very often in Greece! This is a beautiful way to prepare it! The colors are amazing!

  • Kelly November 12, 2013, 3:05 am

    What a pretty looking appetizer Nami :) Everything looks so fresh and thanks for sharing the great pictorial :)

  • Liz November 12, 2013, 4:39 am

    I love the shortcut of already cooked octopus! What a gorgeous dish, Nami!!!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You November 12, 2013, 5:21 am

    What a pretty presentation, Nami! The veggies on top gives to the dish a touch of color and freshness that I love a lot.

  • Kimmi November 12, 2013, 5:27 am

    What a beautiful and simple recipe! Thanks for sharing. =) It’s a bit frigid here in Boston (we have our first snow today), but even though it’s cold, the carpaccio still is tempting!

    • Nami November 24, 2013, 2:40 am

      Thanks Kimmi! It’s a great starter! I can definitely eat this all year around. It’s more like salad or light appetizer for me. :) Snow already! Going to NYC this December… I think I will never be ready for cold weather!

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef November 12, 2013, 9:29 am

    i made this once and i made a log of it with some gellatine based jelly before thinly sliced…..
    this simple version is mush more easier and i guess more appliedable!
    thx for shring this Nami

  • Lail | With A Spin November 12, 2013, 10:17 am

    Beautifully presented, as always, Nami. Love the presentation and the fact that it is so easy to make.

  • Kitchen Belleicious November 12, 2013, 12:36 pm

    we get something similar to this at a restaurant and I love it but yours looks even better:) You are amazing. So fresh and light and yet flavorful

  • Terra November 12, 2013, 6:53 pm

    I remember seeing this post the other day on Facebook, and thinking it looked so beautiful! I love octopus, and love the idea of a carpaccio with octopus:-) Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  • Kate in New York November 12, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Nami, wonderful as always! I love octopus, but I am always wary to cook it at home, since it seems like it can get so tough. This sounds like a perfect way around that problem. Have you tried grilling octopus ever? I am curious about good rules of thumb.

    • Nami November 20, 2013, 9:16 pm

      Hi Kate! I apologize for my late response. Yesss! Glad you asked, because I just remembered a very delicious memory… We were in Hokkaido several years ago, and we ordered octopus from this very famous seafood restaurant. The octopus tentacles were cut and served, but when we charcoal grill (on the table), it was still moving!!!! The freshest octopus I’ve ever had… (sorry if this sounded sort of disgusting – I know it’s not for everyone..)

      • Kate December 1, 2013, 1:18 pm

        Haha, that’s not disgusting to me but I can see how it would disturb some people! Sounds like a delicious experience :)

  • Tataya Kudo November 13, 2013, 1:11 pm

    I love octopus but never try it this way. I must make this!! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Yelena November 13, 2013, 1:25 pm

    If I ever find octopus in stores I will definitely make your carpaccio!

  • Caroline November 13, 2013, 3:11 pm

    So beautiful and colorful, Nami!

  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen November 13, 2013, 4:44 pm

    I have to admit I’d be a little hesitant try octopus but I’m intrigued by the way you’ve prepared this. It’s such a light, pretty dish. My boys are so much more adventurous with food than I am. They’d be all over this!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz November 13, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Nami this octopus carpaccio looks amazing. I do not have it often but I am a big fan of octopus. I usually have it in Portugese restarants so this new way of enjoying it, very intriguing and stunning.

  • Reem November 13, 2013, 7:37 pm

    Beautiful Dish Nami…. Such gorgeous colors…
    I’ll take ur advice n get cooked octopus ….
    This is a really pretty dish…. I’m sure it tastes delicious!

  • Tamara Coleman November 13, 2013, 7:42 pm

    Well, this sounds like a Winner, Winner Octopus Dinner! Looks Fantastic! :)

  • Lynna November 13, 2013, 11:29 pm

    I definitely enjoy eating octopus, but I have never had this dish before. But, it looks like a beautiful dish!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 15, 2013, 12:00 am

    Delicious and fresh ingredients in this carpaccio!! Love the vibrant styling, Nami! :)

  • Jeanette November 15, 2013, 4:49 am

    I’ve seen raw octopus at the market occasionally and always think of picking it up and always think that it takes a long time to cook. Someone told me it cooks well in a pressure cooker, so I might try that. We don’t have cooked octopus available where I live, but I’d love to try your recipe Nami.

  • Daniela November 15, 2013, 12:30 pm

    This Carpaccio looks sensational!
    Light,fresh and a truly elegant gourmet dish.

  • Jina @ Soy & Ginger November 29, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Ooh thanks for another great recipe, Nami! My family loves fresh octopus so I’m going to try make this for them :)

  • Lana Peterson November 25, 2014, 12:03 pm

    This is looking so good! I fell in love with octopus at the first time. I found some recipes for grilled octopuses and I thought that would be the best way to prepare it. But this raw looks even better!
    My love story with the octopus started at the amazing restaurant named Bar Isabel where my husband took me for our anniversary. I was like “this is not the best place because I don’t like seafood”, but after one bite it changed! :) This carpaccio looks like something I could make easily and with this great photo recipe it will be easily done, I’m sure! Thanks a lot for this recipe, my husband will be happy. :)

    • Nami December 1, 2014, 12:14 am

      Hi Lana! Thank you for your kind comment. I’m happy to hear you now enjoy octopus. Octopus carpaccio is so delicious and this marinade/sauce is very easy to make! I hope you and your husband enjoy this recipe. :)