Pulpo a Feira


Pulpo a Feira is a traditional Spanish dish made with octopus. It is typically served as a main course, but can also be served as a tapa or appetizer. The dish is named after the Spanish fairs or ferias, where it is often served.


-1 kg octopus

-1 onion

-2 cloves garlic

-1 bay leaf

-1 tsp paprika

-1/2 tsp cumin

-1/4 tsp chili flakes

-Olive oil



-1/2 cup white wine

-1/2 cup water

-1 lemon

-1/4 cup parsley


1. Preheat oven to 200C.

2. In a large pot, add octopus, onion, garlic, bay leaf, paprika, cumin, chili flakes, and enough olive oil to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Place pot over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Then, lower heat and cook until octopus is tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

4. Remove octopus from pot and cut into 2-3cm pieces.

5. In the same pot, add white wine and water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.

6. Add octopus pieces back into the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes.

7. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and parsley.

Potential changes & improvements

-If you want a more traditional Spanish dish, you could add chorizo sausage to the pot.

-For a spicier dish, you could increase the amount of chili flakes.

-If you want a more citrusy dish, you could add the zest of one lemon to the pot.

What other food it works well with

Pulpo a Feira pairs well with potatoes, bread, and a green salad.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is overcooking the octopus. This will result in a tough and rubbery dish. Another mistake is not seasoning the dish enough. Be sure to taste the dish before serving and adjust the seasoning accordingly.

Nutritional Information

-Calories: 500

-Fat: 23g

-Saturated Fat: 3.5g

-Cholesterol: 75mg

-Sodium: 1120mg

-Carbohydrates: 29g

-Fiber: 3g

-Sugar: 4g

-Protein: 35g



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