Kendal Duque

123 Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920

Chef Kendal Duque

Sepia |Chicago

Charred Baby Octopus with Grilled Bread and Tomato Sauce
Chef Kendal Duque of Sepia Chicago, IL
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Yield: 4 Servings


  • 2 pounds cleaned and tenderized fresh baby octopus
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 1 carrot, quartered
  • 1 small red onion, quartered
  • 1 stalk celery, quartered
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

  • Tomato Sauce:
  • ¼ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 10 ounces whole Italian imported plum tomatoes
  • ¼ carrot, peeled and finely grated
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

    Lemon-Oregano Oil:
  • 1 lemon, segmented
  • 6 sprigs oregano
  • ¼ cup olive oil

    To Assemble and Serve:
  • 4 slices baguette


For the Octopus:
Combine octopus, lemon, carrot, onion, celery, wine, thyme, bay leaf, and garlic in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer and cook 1 to 2 hours, or until octopus is tender. Remove pot from heat and let octopus cool down in the liquid until cool enough to handle. Remove from liquid, season, and reserve.

For the Tomato Sauce:
Drain tomatoes from their juice and chop finely. Sweat onion, carrot and basil in olive oil until soft. Raise heat and add tomatoes. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring often for 20 minutes. Reserve warm.

For Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette:
Combine lemon, oregano and oil and mix.

To Assemble and Serve:
Remove Octopus form liquid and place on a hot grill until lightly charred on all sides. Remove from grill and toss in a bowl with Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette. Slice four thick slices of baguette and grill on both sides. Spoon tomato sauce on plate, place bread in middle, and top with Octopus. Drizzle Vinaigrette over and around Octopus and serve immediately.


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   Published: February 2008