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Octopus with a Squid Ink Beurre Noir

Octopus with a Squid Ink Beurre Noir


A twist on a traditional beurre blanc, the addition of squid ink giving the sauce a beautiful black colour.

  • Serves: 4 |
    4 servings
  • Difficulty:

  • Prep Time : 30 mins |
  • Cook Time : 60 mins
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600 g octopus tentacles, cleaned

25 C (100 ml) red wine

black peppercorns

1 lemon, cut in half and seeds removed

1 bay leaf

2-3 garlic cloves

8 Tbsp (120 ml) olive oil

100 g onion, sliced

200 g fennel

1 chilli

1 tsp (5 ml) salt

1 cork, optional

Garlic Chilli Marinade

1 chilli, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 Tbsp (15 ml) parsley, chopped

½ tsp (2.5 ml) black pepper

2 Tbsp (30 ml) olive oil

zest of ½ a lemon

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp (5 ml) salt

Squid Ink Beurre Noir

½ C (125 ml) white wine

2-3 Tbsp (30-45 ml) white wine vinegar

80 g onion, finely chopped  

1 star anise, gently crushed

2 Tbsp (30 ml) cream

2 sachets (10 g) squid ink

200 g unsalted butter, chilled

1 tsp (5 ml) lemon juice


Place the octopus, wine, peppercorns, lemon, bay leaf, garlic, onion, whole chilli, fennel (and cork if using) into a large saucepan.

Cover with water and bring to a simmer. Continue to cook until tender; check by inserting the tip of a knife into the thickest part. Cooking can take anything from forty minutes to just over an hour. Allow to cool in the cooking liquid and then remove the skin. Cut into pieces and set aside.

Garlic Chilli Marinade

Mix all of the marinade ingredients together. Cut the tentacles into 2 cm thick slices and toss in the marinade to coat.

Place into a hot pan or griddle and cook until well caramelised, taking care not to overcook.

Squid Ink Beurre Noir

Place the wine, vinegar, onion, and star anise into a saucepan and cook until reduced. Once reduced by more than half, add the cream and squid ink and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced. Strain the mixture through a very fine sieve; this should yield about two tablespoons of liquid.

Place this liquid back onto the heat and whisk in the butter and lemon juice until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste.

To serve, place the octopus pieces on the serving dishes, drizzle with the squid ink beurre noir and serve.