Chilli Baby Octopus Stir-fry

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Cooking Time

30 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 500g whole cleaned baby octopus
  • 1 tbs peanut oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 long fresh red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 bunches broccolini, cut into florets
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) tomato sauce
  • 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • Steamed rice, to serve


  1. Use a small sharp knife to cut the baby octopus heads from the tentacles, just below eyes. Cut eyes from the heads and discard. Cut the tentacles in half.

  2. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add half the octopus and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until just cooked. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining octopus, reheating the pan between batches.

  3. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add the broccolini and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until just tender. Add the tomato sauce,sweet chilli sauce and sugar and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce boils and thickens. Add the octopus and stir-fry for 1 minute or until heated through.

  4. Spoon the rice among serving bowls. Top with the octopus stir-fry and serve immediately.