Braised, grilled, fried or boiled, when cooked properly, this strange-looking sea creature is a delightful part of Mediterranean cuisine. Whether to impress your guests with a delectable meal or to treat yourself, our passionate team at Azzopardi Fisheries – leading fish shop in Malta – shares a few dishes this delicacy can be incorporated into.
1. Octopus, Potato & Green Bean Salad
A great addition to a salad with potatoes and green beans, dressed in garlic, parsley and olive oil, this octopus salad boasts extraordinary flavours and can be served both warm or cold.
2. Linguine with Octopus, Tomatoes & Chillies
For fresh flavour and brilliant colours, combine octopus with ripe cherry tomatoes, garlic, fresh chillies, anchovy fillets, olives, capers and parsley.
3. Octopus & Squid with Capers & Tomatoes
If you’re looking to create a summery dish that’s bursting with flavour, this one may be the one for you. Octopus and squid are a match made in seafood heaven, especially when paired with the saltiness of the capers, the sweetness of tomatoes, and the added subtle dry aroma of thyme and rosemary’s distinctive sharp flavour.
Health Properties of Octopus
Other than its yummy taste and unique texture, octopus also offers great health benefits. It contains very low amounts of saturated fats, making it a great option for those who are trying to lose weight or stay in shape. Moreover, it is packed with healthy protein, important for building and regenerating muscle, as well as iron – a mineral responsible for transferring oxygen to your cells.
Eating this sea creature will also provide you with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B12, to mention but a few. And the high quantities of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids it is composed of improve your cardiovascular system and cognitive functions, while reducing the chance of getting diseases such as heart attack and stroke.
If you’re craving something fishy, drop by Azzopardi fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay to find the largest selection of fresh fish Malta has to offer for you to indulge in. Having been in the business for 30 years, we have grown to become the largest providers of seafood in Malta, where the quality of service we offer is only rivalled by the quality of products we offer.