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Octopus with Fava Beans

By Stavri Kaourani

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: 3/10

Serves: 4


For the Fava
  • 1 cup split fava beans
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diluted vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper cut into cubes
  • 1/2 green pepper cut into cubes
For the Octopus
  • 2kg octopus fresh peeled or frozen (thawed)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • oregano

Cooking instructions

For the Fava:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onion.
  2. Add the fava beans and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the broth, salt, lower the heat to simmer the fava beans and stir constantly until the water evaporates and the fava beans soften.
  4. Add the lemon juice and stir.
  5. If necessary, add a little more water so that the fava does not stick.
  6. When it softens completely, strain it and pass it in a blender to homogenize.
  7. Sauté the peppers over high heat to soften them, without overcooking, and serve over the fava beans.

For the grilled octopus:

  1. Cut each tentacle into 2 parts (top and bottom), without using the very thin edges.
  2. Lightly oil all the pieces.
  3. Prepare the fire and thoroughly clean the grill that will be used.
  4. Bake on high heat for 3 minutes on each side and finally add the lemon juice and oregano as soon as they are ready.


  1. Put the octopus in a pan and add the olive oil, lemon and oregano
  2. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.


Nutritional information:

For a portion of fava beans 150gr.  For a portion of octopus 150g:

Calories: 190kcal Calories: 203kcal
Fat: 13g Fat: 11.4g

Saturated: 1.9g Saturated: 1.7g
Carbohydrates: 13.5g Protein: 20g
Fiber: 16.5gr
Sugars: 1.6g
Proteins: 5g

Recipe features:
• Dish rich in protein (of animal and vegetable origin)
• Rich in fiber due to the addition of fava beans
• High in B vitamins, necessary for the proper functioning of the neuromuscular system.
• Low in saturated fat
• Octopus is rich in selenium and zinc, important elements for strengthening the immune system.