How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Octopus (Air fryer Kebab Octopus)

Is there a simple octopus recipe that can be made in an air fryer?

Oh yeah! Today I will show you how to use an air fryer to make fried octopus! Unexpectedly, the time and oil-saving taste are really good!

This fried octopus recipe is crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with flavor. Plus, it’s surprisingly easy to make!

The octopus is usually wonderfully soft, with a slight springiness and just the right amount of crunch from the golden brown coating. Aside from that, fried octopus is rather nutritious.

It’s a genuinely magnificent appetizer – or main course – that will always leave an indelible impression on your dinner guests.

The only downside is once you taste it, you can get addicted to cooking a wonderful Galician-style octopus in an air fryer.

Do I have to precook the Octopus before air-frying?

Yes, if you haven’t previously, precook your octopus.

Fill a large saucepan halfway with water, then add the vinegar, allspice berries, bay leaves, garlic, and parsley.

Sever the tentacles to remove them. Be careful to thoroughly clean the octopus before separating the tentacles. Tentacles commonly get sand caught between the suctions even after a complete cleaning at the shop.

The octopus should be cooked in a pot over medium heat. Cook, covered, for 40 to 50 minutes. It may also be made in an Instant Pot for 15 minutes under high pressure.

After cooking the octopus, take it from the pan and lay it aside to cool. Blot it dry with kitchen paper before cutting it into 1-inch pieces.


  • 1 octopus, cooked and cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup oil
  • two bay leaves
  • ½ bundle of fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove(s)
  • 1 teaspoon black garlic paste (or regular)
  • Pepper and salt
  • 2 berries allspice
  • 100 g of water
  • 200g self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch


  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Zest of a lemon (1 lemon)
  • Juice of a lemon (1 lemon)

How To Make Air fryer Kebab Octopus

  • In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, allspice berries, water, bay leaves, garlic, and a bunch of parsley.
  • Separate the tentacles by cutting them off. Before detaching the tentacles, ensure sure the octopus has been washed. You may also add tentacles, which may require cutting them into tiny or medium-sized pieces.
stove over medium hide
  • Place the octopus in a large saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Cover with the lid and cook for 40-50 minutes. You may also cook for 15 minutes on high pressure in the Instant Pot.
  • After cooking, remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Most recipes omit this step, but it is the trick to getting a softer texture.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, cornstarch, and pepper. Blend them thoroughly.
medium mixing bowl
  • In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the oil. You may use olive oil for the finest flavor, but if you don’t have any, vegetable oil is a suitable substitute.
  • Then, remove the octopus pieces from the saucepan and place them in the flour-filled basin. Make certain that all surfaces are covered.
  • Once all of the octopus pieces have been coated, place them in the heated oil and cook for 3-4 minutes.
cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Dry the octopus with paper towels. When they’ve dried thoroughly, they’ll become crispy.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, curry, and mayo for the sauce. Combine thoroughly.
combine the lemon zest
  • Serve the octopus with parsley on top and dipping sauce on the side.
Serve the octopus

Nutrition fact

  • Calories: 70
  • Fat: 2
  • Carbohydrates: 2
  • Protein: 12

Time and servings

  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • servings: 2-3

FAQs about air fried octopus

How long do you cook raw octopus?

Simmering octopus in liquid is the most basic method of preparing it. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and leave the octopus to cook for 45-60 minutes. Once the octopus is in the pan, the water should be reduced to a slow simmer.

Can you overcook octopus?

Yes, it becomes dry and tasteless if you cook it too long. However, lengthy, slow cooking for most dishes gives a delicate texture.

Cook until the octopus is soft enough that a paring knife can pierce the thick section of a tentacle with little effort, about 60 minutes; bear in mind that this time is an approximation.

How do I make my octopus crispy?

Drain the octopus and remove the tentacles and cuticle while leaving the suckers in place. Make strips off of the head. Roast the octopus meat in a skillet with a little oil for 6-7 minutes or until all pieces are crispy.

Is octopus healthy food?

Yes, octopus is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to a variety of heart-healthy effects. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce blood pressure and prevent plaque accumulation in the arteries, lowering stress on the heart.

Do you need to boil octopus before frying?

Yes, for the best outcomes, begin by boiling or poaching the octopus and allowing it to cool before searing it in a skillet.

Gently boil the octopus for 15-20 minutes per pound, examining the firmness with a fork every 10-15 minutes, until totally soft.

Pan-fry your pre-cooked octopus momentarily in a hot skillet for some lovely caramelization on the outside for an added level of taste.

Cook your tentacles whole in an oiled skillet for 8 minutes per side, or pre-slice them into thinner pieces and cook for 120 seconds per side for a flawless finish.

I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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