Kenya: BBQ Spiced Octopus

Serves 4 as side   Prep time 10 mins    Cook time: 13 mins

1 whole octopus
2 cm knob ginger, finely sliced
6 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and sliced
½ cinnamon stick
3 cloves cardamom
2 cloves
1tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp turmeric
1 lime, zested, juiced
3 tbsp Olivado Avocado oil


Put ginger and garlic into a mortar & pestle and pound into a paste. Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, cumin seeds turmeric and lime and crush ingredients into a paste.

Add avocado oil and mix.

Clean and slice open the octopus keeping it whole. Place octopus on the BBQ grill and cook for 10minutes both sides or until it changes colour.

Baste the octopus both sides with paste and continue cooking for a further 3 minutes – basting as it cooks.

Top tip

Smash the octopus against the sand to tenderize the flesh. This can be done up to 25 times. Or alternatively, simmer in a large pot of boiling water, until you can easily push a toothpick through the flesh.

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