Octopus all’acqua sua, the original recipe from Bari to prepare it

Simple, tasty and perfect for any occasion, octopus all’acqua sua is a recipe that you absolutely must try on its own or with pasta.

Octopus all’acqua sua is one of those fish recipes which cannot fail to surprise. It is also perfect for those who don’t feel very expert in the kitchen, especially with this kind of preparation incredible simplicity. Without any effort and with very few ingredients you will get a tender and tasty octopus which contains all the flavors of the sea.

In fact, the octopus cooked in its water requires only the use of, in addition to the octopus onion, cherry tomatoes, olio, garlic e parsley. All the ingredients are brought together in a saucepan, preferably of terracotta, sealed with the lid and parchment paper and then cooked over low heat. The steam released by the octopus it will keep the meat tender and it will not be necessary to add water or other liquids. Fantastic, right?

How to prepare octopus all’acqua sua recipe

  1. First wash and clean the octopus by removing the eyes and beak. You can also use del octopus defrosted, usually sold already cleaned, or ask the fishmonger to clean it for you.
  2. Place the octopus in a pot, preferably terracotta and add the cherry tomatoes cut in half, the onion sliced, the sprigs of parsleythe segment of garlic and theolio.
  3. Cover the opening with parchment paper then put the lid on.
  4. Turn the heat on to medium power and let the octopus cook for 40-45 minutes. The cooking time varies according to the size of the fish but you can always check the progress by pricking the meat with a fork: it must be very tender.
  5. Turn off and leave cool the octopus for at least half an hour before serving.

The best way to enjoy octopus all’acqua sua with the Bari recipe is at room temperature, simply accompanied by slices of toasted homemade bread. It’s also great for season the pastaespecially spaghetti: if you have any leftovers, you already know how to use it!

Also take a look at our other recipes with octopus, you will surely find some ideas that are right for you, especially once you discover how simple it is to cook.


The octopus in its own water is kept in refrigerator for 2-3 days. We advise you to bring it back to room temperature before consuming it or to heat it slightly in a pan.

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