Octopus is a delicacy that you can serve with a variety of nutty, or oil based dipping sauces.
You can serve octopus with a classic lemon herb olive oil, or romesco sauce.
Octopus goes well with spicy Korean sauce, or a simple sesame oil based sauce.
Romesco sauce is a roasted red pepper sauce for dipping octopus into.
You can use already roasted red peppers to make romesco sauce.
Romesco sauce is made by adding the following to food processor and blending together to make a thick, nutty sauce for dipping octopus into:
- roasted red peppers
- fire roasted tomatoes
- toasted and blanched almonds and hazelnuts
- olive oil
- smoked paprika
- red pepper flakes
- minced garlic
- fresh lemon juice
- red wine vinegar
Lemon Herb Olive Oil
Lemon herb olive oil is a citrusy, herb flavored olive oil for a dipping sauce for octopus.
Extra virgin olive oil is mixed together with fresh lemon juice, oregano, fresh parsley leaves, and minced garlic.
When you’re ready to serve your octopus, spoon lemon herb olive oil all over octopus, and then your guests can dip the octopus into the leftover sauce on the plate.
Serve with a side of lemon wedge.
Sweet Lime and Cashew
Sweet lime and cashew dipping sauce is a sweet, citrusy, and spicy dipping sauce for octopus.
Sugar is mixed with some water in a saucepan over low-medium heat until it begins to bubble.
Sugar syrup is simmered and then set to cool.
After the syrup has cooled, fresh lime juice, fish sauce, chopped cucumber, chopped cashews, fresh coriander leaves, and diced chili are added into the saucepan and mixed together.
Sesame dipping sauce is a nutty, oil based dipping sauce for octopus.
Sesame dipping sauce is made by mixing together sesame oil, sesame seeds, and bit of salt.
Chogochujang (Sweet and Spicy Korean Dipping Sauce)
Chogochujan dipping sauce is a sweet and spicy sauce for dipping octopus into.
Chogochujan is made by mixing together Korean chili paste (Gochujang), vinegar, raw sugar, honey, minced garlic, and a few sesame seeds.