Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grilled baby octopus with hot sauce

 Grilled baby octopus with hot sauce ; ปลาหมึกย่างกับน้ำจิ้มทะเล. I always have the grilled octopus at Greek resturant and I love to enjoy the rich, meltingly tender taste of the marinated octopus mixed with the smoky taste of the grill. Here is the Thai style grilled octopus with hot sauce that I would love to share with  you. This is one of my favorite seafood dishes to prepare when the weather gets hot.

Ingredients for the sauce:
1) 2 cloves garlic
2) 2 sprigs Thai basil
3) 8 Thai hot chilies
4)  1/2 Tbsp palm sugar
5) 3 Tbsp lime juice
6) 3 Tbsp fish sauce
7) 1/8 tsp salt

Ingredients for the grilled octopus:
1) 1 Lb. baby octopus
2) 1/2 Tbsp turmeric powder
3)  1/2 Tbsp black soy sauce
4)  skewers

1) Thaw the octopus if is is frozen.
 2) Clean the octopus, use a small sharp knife to remove the gut by either cutting off the head entirely or by slicing open the head and removing the gut. Pick up the body and use the index finger to push up the beak. Remove the beak and discard. Clean the octopus thoroughly.
 3) Toss the turmeric powder, black soy sauce and 1/2 cup of water.

 4) Combine the octopus and the marinade and put in the fridge while you are making a hot sauce.
5) Peel garlic, remove chillie stems, and pick up Thai basil leaves then wash dirt, pat dry.
 6) Cut into small pieces, and well pound in a mortar.
 7) Add fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar.
 8) Mix well and taste for your own favor.

9) Fire up that grill. Please don't forget to add some kind of wood smoke. While your grill is heating up, skewer the octopus. 

 10) Grill over the smoky fire.

 11) Grill over the smoky fire - covered - for 3 minutes, then turn them over and grill for 3 minutes more.

 12) Serve while still hot with hot sauce.

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