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Octopus Carpaccio

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: boiled octopus, carpaccio
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nami
Thinly sliced octopus drizzled with a refreshing lemon-olive oil vinaigrette, Octopus Carpaccio is a popular Italian-inspired food in Japan. Over here, tender octopus are topped with chopped cucumber, tomato, and sweet onion, making it a fabulous appetizer. Any seafood lovers will fall for this dish! 


  • 7 oz octopus sashimi (7 oz = 200 g) (boiled)
  • English cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • ¼ onion


  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon (½ lemon = 1.5 Tbsp lemon juice)
  • ¼ tsp salt (kosher or sea salt; use half if using table salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp parsley (chopped)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Octopus Carpaccio Ingredients
  2. Cut octopus into thin slices.
    Octopus Carpaccio 1
  3. Keeping the core intact, slice the onion widthwise. Then slice lengthwise and cut crosswise.
    Octopus Carpaccio 2
  4. Mince the onion to even size. Soak in water for 10 minutes to get rid of bitter taste.
    Octopus Carpaccio 3
  5. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut the cucumber into thin strips and chop finely.
    Octopus Carpaccio 4
  6. Cut the tomato in half and remove the seeds. Cut into thin strips and chop finely.
    Octopus Carpaccio 5
  7. 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.
    Octopus Carpaccio 6

Recipe Notes

If you want to know how the Italian prepares the octopus, you can learn it here.

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