Azorean Octopus Stew

Azorean Octopus Stew is one of the traditional dishes of Gastronomy of the Azores. This dish is highlighted in the Christmas dinner, and can be served as a main dish or snack. To accompany with potato or white rice.

One of the unique characteristics of this dish are its spices, with emphasis on the wine of smell (or red) and the presence of the ground pepper and or chilli. Confectioned to taste, there are those who enjoy tasting the spicy stewed octopus.

We present you the recipe of Octopus Stew, which can vary from island to island, as well as the famous stew octopus from Faial Island. In the end the result turns out to be identical, a magnificent and delicious stewed octopus.

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Ingredients (10 people)

  • 2.5 kg of potatoes to cubes;
  • 3 powders;
  • 2 onions;
  • garlic;
  • ground chili / pepper ;
  • Tomato paste;
  • pepper mass;
  • parsley;
  • 1 glass of wine to smell;
  • salted chilli pepper;
  • lard;
  • saffron (optional);
  • seafood knorr broth or chicken (optional);
  • olive oil;


  • In a pan put 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil and add a spoonful of lard and heat on a low heat until the lard melts. Add the chopped onion. Add one teaspoon of chopped garlic. Let sauté about 2 minutes;
  • Add the chloral, two teaspoons of bell pepper, three tablespoons of tomato paste, a teaspoon of chili batter (or ground pepper) and salted peppers;
    Add a teaspoon of saffron (optional);
  • It was time to add the octopus to the previous preparation. Drain the octopus well so that the least amount of water goes into the pan;
  • Wrap the octopus and cook with the pan uncovered for about 10 minutes. Optionally you can also put a seafood knorr stock;
  • Add parsley and cover the pan, letting the octopus cook over low heat;
  • After the octopus is completely practically cooked, add the wine to smell. Cook again for another 20 minutes with the pan covered;
  • Now it is time to add the previously cut potatoes to the cubes. Wrap with help of the spoon and let the potatoes cook.
  • When you check that the potatoes are completely cooked, turn off the stove and your stewed octopus, the Azores style, is ready to be tasted.

Azorean Octopus Stew


  • You can put the octopus in a tray and take to the oven, previously heated, to further improve the flavor and let it brown. Remove and serve immediately;
  • Serve with corn bread;

Step-by-step recipe video

The recipe of this article was based on the video of Leonor Santos who has already accustomed us to his fantastic videos with Flavors of the Azores, with recipes the old fashioned. Here’s how to make octopus stew step by step in this video:

Another video, from Rimi Chakraborty, in English: