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Between now and next Thursday at midnight, we want to see Your Best Squid or Octopus Recipe! For more details and to enter the contest, go here.

  • Walker, Addie, and two delicious baby octopi


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over 4 years ago Robin O'D

Cute, cute kids! Hey Rhonda, does Addie look like Luke?


over 4 years ago Rhonda35

Yes, she does! And she acts just like her mother did at that age! Sometimes I think Walker and Luke have similar features, too. It's all in the expressions, I think.


over 4 years ago Rhonda35

CUTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD (aside from my own, of course!!)


over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

OMW (Oh My Word), what brave ones you have Amanda. Touching an octopus has been by far the SCARIEST thing I've ever done with food. I think. Squeamish doesn't describe my feelings......


over 4 years ago Sodium Girl

I know it won't count, but coming up with an octopus-less octopus recipe for those of us on low sodium diets...hmmm, maybe oyster mushrooms can work! Thanks, ladies, for another mind-stretching contest theme.


over 4 years ago mcs3000

how can you resist clicking on that pic? the twins are adorable! i third the octopus.


over 4 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Thank you all for your great comments! Who knew this theme would be so polarizing? We just added a photo of two little octopus fans who just might inspire you to overcome any lingering phobias.


over 4 years ago Panfusine

Aww... so adorable...those lil octopi look like they're dipped in chocolate, how do they get that color? (disclaimer: I'm totally ignorant about any food with meat or fish.. lifelong vegetarian..)


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Looks like chocolate to me. Are you sure they're really eating octopus?


over 4 years ago Ambitious

I'll admit that I was cringing and making weird faces while trying to cut fresh octopus. But the end result was so good that I didn't mind it so much after I was done. =)


over 4 years ago YukariSakamoto

I just had to share this photo of the eyes of the octopus. My husband is a Japanese fishmonger and we visited an octopus factory in Japan where the octopus are boiled. Check out the top photo of the octopus.


I asked one of the managers his favorite way to eat octopus and his recommendation was to add cooked octopus to Japanese curry rice. Delicious!


over 4 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52



over 4 years ago MadeInMaine

Gee, looking at the "title photo," my best recipe suggestion would be to take the octopus in hand and toss it back into the briny deep!


over 4 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

Wow, so much to learn about cephelapods. My very limited experience eating them is holding me back from wanting to try cooking them but maybe this will change as these recipes and comments come in.


over 4 years ago wssmom

Massage the octopus for 20 minutes? Heck, the Spouse doesn't even rate a 20-minute (back) massage even after taking out the trash ....


over 4 years ago dymnyno

I have heard of putting the octopus in a cold dryer for a time to tenderize! Actually I love octopus and it's one of my favorite summer dishes.


over 4 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Cannot wait! Great theme ladies! I love pulpo.


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Hmmm...Squidward or Ursula. Well, at least it isn't the "Your Best Sea Cucumber Recipe" which would have been far more, um, challenging.


over 4 years ago Panfusine

OH NO!!! mrslarkin.. I think you just gave the food52 team their next theme!!


over 4 years ago Waverly

Hmmmm. This will be very interesting. Octopus etouffee anyone?


over 4 years ago Dabblings

It's probably good that I'll get a week off for this one due to a lack of being close to ocean waters seeing as I have to focus on charcutepalooza.


over 4 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

I'm really sorry I'll be missing this theme because I love cooking cephelapods of all types; squid, cuttlefish, octopus...But I have to be away from my kitchen for a week with no time to write a recipe let alone retest it. But for those of you who will be taking it on, I'd be thinking ink! I've handled them live, one actually bit me.


over 4 years ago Hannahbtv

Your timing is perfect! Newly posted, "Baby Octopus in a Nest of Soba and Snippy SnapPeas" at

A dish inspired by a 3yo sou chef's love of food...



over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Uffdah, I had a very bad experience with raw squid in a sushi restaurant once, and a different but also unfortunate run in with bad baby octopus, so I never feel very compelled to make or eat them. But, I look forward to seeing what others submit because I'm interested how one does it right.


over 4 years ago Jennifer Perillo

Man, that is one gorgeous photo. Seriously, never would've thought raw squid could be that beautiful. Makes me think about a ceviche, maybe.


over 4 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Squid ceviche is a textural dream, Jennifer. I love the way the little tentacles (my favorite part!) take on the flavors of the brine differently from the rings.


over 4 years ago cheese1227

Wow, ChefJune. It sounds like you've studied this process....


over 4 years ago Panfusine

I'm outta this one, don't have a clue as to what to do!! Pass!