BBQ Octopus with a Tamarind Glaze
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BBQ Octopus with a Tamarind Glaze


BBQ Octopus with a Tamarind Glaze

Recipe By Michael Weldon, Farm to Fork 



  • 8 large octopus tentacles

 Tamarind BBQ Glaze 

  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 garlic clove diced
  • 1 lemon grass sprig, grated
  • 1 tsp galangal, grated
  • 2 birsdeye chillies
  • 3 tbs tamarind puree
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  • In a pot on the stove, simmer the octopus for 1 hour until tender then drain and chill.
  • In a saucepan, fry off the shallot in olive oil, once soft add in the garlic, lemongrass and galangal, fry for a minute. Add in the chilli, tamarind, fish sauce and brown sugar, mix in until everything is melted. Add ½ cup water and 1 crushed kaffir lime leaf. Bring up to the boil then simmer until the glaze thickens enough to be brushed onto the octopus.
  • Heat a BBQ until it starts to smoke. Dress the octopus with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Place onto the grill and brush on a coat of the glaze. Every time you turn the octopus, brush on another layer of the glaze. Cook until the glaze has caramelised on the octopus.
  • Serve the octopus brushed with extra glaze and garnished with coriander leaves and sliced chilli.