Polpo (Octopus) alla Luciana Recipe

Polpo (Octopus) alla Luciana

Polpo alla Luciana is one of the simplest and most delicious ways to prepare this exotic seafood. A traditional recipe from Borgo di Santa Lucia, a picturesque district next to Naples’ port. Buying pre-cooked or frozen octopus really helps as it cuts down the preparation time considerably to about 45 minutes. Even in the US pre-cooked octopus is now more readily available in some supermarkets, like Costco.

Grilled Octopus with Roasted Peppers and Potatoes Recipe

Grilled Octopus with Roasted Peppers and Potatoes

This classic of the Spanish and Portuguese cuisine is still a culinary curiosity in the US. Long hours of low and slow cooking or hitting it on a stone until tender are things of the past. A good brand of precooked octopus offers the same quality as a fresh one with the added bonus of less time in the kitchen.

Squid with Pea Avocado Purée Recipe

Squid with Pea Avocado Purée

An emerald green pea and avocado puree reminiscent of guacamole. So good, so easy.

Any leftover can be used as a sandwich spread. Great with shrimps or even a simple poached egg. Voilà, dinner in less than 20 minutes.

Squids Provençal Recipe

Squids Provençal

Encornets à la Provençale, a very popular dish of the South of France. It is quite easy to prepare. Small squids, readily available frozen, are more tender. Serve the dish with a crusty white bread or rice pilaf.

Greek Octopus Stew Recipe

Greek Octopus Stew

Oktapodi Krasato, a delicious octopus stew in red wine, is one of the traditional Greek dishes you find in most restaurants and tavernas. It is easy to prepare when the octopus is young and tender.

Sicilian Squid Stew Recipe

Sicilian Squid Stew

Calamari in Umido is a classic recipe of Sicilian cuisine. I love this dish as it is straightforward and easy to make as long you follow one rule: either you cook the squid for 3 minutes or 30 minutes.

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