Spicy Stir-Fry Octopus

September 16, 2019

Spicy Stir-Fry Octopus


Recipe By Seafood Crate

This spicy Korean stir-fry recipe packs some delicious heat! But you can adjust the spice level easily. And with only 10 minutes of prep time and 5 minutes of cook time, you’ll be eating this tasty Korean favourite in no time!


  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp Korean red pepper paste
  • 3 Tbsp Korean red pepper flakes
  • 1½ Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown rice syrup, corn syrup or honey
  • 1 Tsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp mirin
  • 1 Tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ Tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped garlic (approx. 5-6 garlic cloves)
  • 14 oz. fresh octopus cut into small pieces
  • 5 oz yellow or white onion (approx. ½ a large sized onion)
  • 5 oz green cabbage (approx. ¼ a small sized cabbage)
  • 2 oz carrot (approx. ½ a medium sized carrot)
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 green chili to taste
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 12 oz blanched soy bean sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • sesame seeds and radish sprouts (as garnish)


  1. Clean octopus and cut into bite size pieces. Sprinkle kosher salt onto octopus pieces mix for 2-3 minutes with your hands to clean their suction cups., Rinse off octopus under cold running water thoroughly to get rid of all the salt. Drain completely and set aside. Seafood Crate's octopus comes pre-cooked and cleaned so you can skip this step and just rinse it under cold water.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients for the sauce (left-hand column of ingredients list) and mix well with a spoon until they are glossy and smooth. Add drained octopus and mix together. Set aside and let them marinate while you prepare the vegetables.
  3. Slice onion and cabbage into ½ inch wide slices, slice carrot into ⅛ inch thin slices, and cut green onions in diagonal angles. Slice green chili in diagonal angles if you’ve chosen to use them.
  4. Heat a wok or large pan over high heat, add oil. Add onion, cabbage, and carrot; stir fry for 2 minutes or until they are soft.
  5. Add octopus and sauce mixture into wok making sure not to leave any of the delicious sauce in the bowl! Stir fry for 3 minutes or until octopus is cooked perfectly. Be careful not to overcook octopus as it will get rubbery.
  6. Stir in green onion and remove from heat.
  7. Mix blanched soy bean sprouts and sesame oil in a bowl and place on serving plate.
  8. Please the stir-fried octopus on top of soy bean sprouts and garnish with sesame seeds and radish sprouts.


  • After mixing the kosher salt with the octopus for a couple of minutes, you will probably see bubbles form on your hands and the octopus pieces. Don’t worry. This is natural!

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