$11 per lb
One perk of setting traps for southern rock crab are the octopus that turn up unintentionally in the traps. Octopus prey on the rock crab. This is what we in the industry refer to as a limited-keep bycatch. These local octopus typically weigh in between ½-2½ pounds. You can absolutely cook them with your favorite method (sous vide, boiled, marinated) directly from the ocean, but we have found that freezing them overnight actually helps to tenderize them; especially for raw preparations such as tiraditos and crudos. Each package includes approximately two pounds of octopus.
A simple method of preparing octopus is to bring a large pot of water to boil. Take cleaned octopus and dip legs into boiling water 3 times. Leave octopus in the water and cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and leave octopus in the pot of water until water has cooled (about 1 hour). Drain water and remove any loose skin from the octopus. Cut into bite size pieces or prepare the way the recipe suggests. The Italian way is to serve it with boiled potatoes, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice.
Nutrition (3 oz): protein: 26g, Fat: 2g, carbohydrates: 4g. Octopus is a good source of protein and is loaded with micronutrients including niacin (B3), B6, B12, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, iron, copper and selenium. Omega 3 to omega 6 ratio is 18:1. (Nutrient data for this listing was provided by USDA SR-21.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.