Grilled Octopus

Pulpos a las Brasas

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Zarela's Veracruz: Mexico's Simplest Cuisine

By Zarela Martínez

Published 2001

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Glistening-fresh octopus is always one of the most striking sights in Veracruz fish markets. In this country, it’s more likely to be frozen than fresh, but octopus survives freezing and thawing better than almost any other kind of seafood. Grilling brings out its depth.

I usually have octopus cleaned when I buy it. If you have to do this job yourself, pick up the octopus by the central bag — the head — and turn it inside out. Cut or pull out the eyes, beak, and viscera; rinse well u