Octopus As Food

Chefs all around the world have always been quite interested in many types of creatures that can be made into delicious food, especially the ones which are not ordinary and usual for us. Even octopuses, that we are going to talk about today, are surely popular with humans of different cultures. But are they as healthy and affordable as the food we are used to eating almost every day?

Ways to cook octopuses

Although many people find it neither eatable nor even pretty, octopus is doubtlessly a very important and valuable part of Mediterranean cuisine. Some people even consider these strange-looking creatures as delicacies. This is the reason why octopuses are always so expensive. Talking about fame, you may also be interested in trendy diets.

Another interesting fact is that octopus isn’t something an amateur can cook. It surely is a lot different from the dishes we cook and eat every now and then. Thus, if you want to try one of the kinds of dishes that can be cooked using octopus, you either need to find someone who knows how to do it properly or go to the restaurant. However, it will cost quite a lot in both cases. If you still want to know how you can eat it if you are a beginner in a sea food world, we recommend you read food- and wine’s article about some famous recipes  and, provided you want to try to cook octopus yourself, you should watch the following video:

Its healthiness

If you have money, like sea food and want to be healthy, then octopuses are definitely the right dish for you! Their fatty acids consist of Omega-3, so, provided you eat at least one octopus dish a week, not only chances of you getting any type of illnesses (stroke and others that are connected to heart) will noticeably decrease, but it will also make you feel livelier and give you energy (die to cardiovascular and cognitive functions improvements it makes).

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Octopus is well-known for having healthy nutrients, low amounts of fats and calories (160 calories per 100 gram) in it as well. Thus, it is a perfect option for people who want to lose weight and still enjoy the taste of delicious food. For octopus contains much protein (30 gram per 100 gram), which can help build muscle and give strength, it is also good for someone who is aiming for staying fit or toning their body by going to the gym regularly and eating healthily. If by any chance you are struggling to keep fit and don’t know how to ‘save’ your results (or even improve them!), then you might find this article interesting.

If you are a statistics fan, you might find interesting that octopus’ healthy characteristics also include the fact that even 100 grams of it have enough iron to satisfy your every day iron intake, which is also very important for our body health.


Because of the ‘squeeze’ that growing popularity of Hawaiian, Japanese and many other countries’ cuisines make prices for octopuses have doubled compared to the two years ago time.

The average price for medium size octopus in many European countries is now around 9-15 euro per kilogram, depending on where and when you want to buy it. However, if you are already surprised, we may amaze you even more. USA and Russia are now considered as one of the most octopus-loving countries. Thus, it is even more expensive there.

In an interview with Associated Press the man who has been selling sea food products for almost 20 years, Torres Lorenzo, says, ‘The price will rise even more. I wish a lot of octopus would appear… and the price will go down’.


Although octopuses have their benefits and disadvantages, they remain healthy and sophisticating food for many people from different countries around the world but with the same taste of high-class cuisine. Even if you are not rich or a fan of popular dishes, you still should try octopus at least once and discover the whole new world of sea food’s tastes which will not only make you much healthier and help your body stay fit but will also give you strength for the whole day and an unforgettable experience!

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