...until Trader Joe's Wild Caught Cooked Atlantic Octopus debuted in freezers a couple weeks back. "Look, sweetie!" I exclaimed. "Trader Joe's caught the giant octopus! We're safe!"
And know what? We'd do it again.
Granted, it can be somewhat of a visually challenging buy. I mean: tentacles, right? Gulp.
But thaw it out and warm it up. As it says, fully cooked, which saves a few hours of prep from raw. We decided to make a simple "salad" of sorts with red onion, cucumber, and grilled octopus, prepped with just a little EVOO and salt and pepper. The octopus itself is firmer than we thought - sort of like a cross between calamari and a chicken sausage - while being extremely mild. No fishiness or anything. Likely if marinated, it'd soak up whatever flavor it was swimming in. Okay, not sure I like that visual either...my bad.
And our kid who begged for the octopus? We let her have first bite. She popped it in, amde a face, spat it promptly out, then said she loved it but had to twist her arm to eat it the rest of the meal, only for her to state afterwards it was her favorite. Yeah, I don't know either.
Anyways, the eight ounce package is enough for two servings and costs $8.99. Seems reasonable compared to most seafood, and a buy we'd make again. Would love to hear ideas of how you all may have enjoyed the TJ's octopus, so share away. Double fours.
Bottom line: Trader Joe's Wild Caught Cooked Atlantic Octopus: 8 out of 10 Golden Spoons
Sounds like someone may have watched 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea (it is a Disney film). I remember the scene where Kirk Douglas was battling the Giant Octopus using only his spear.ReplyDelete
Wow, that seems like a lot of sodium for just octopus, with nothing added! Actually I have no idea what a standard octopus sodium level is so maybe it's normal.ReplyDelete
I believe octopus, and Molluscs in general, are naturally high in cholesterol and sodium.Delete
(And I enjoy the personal touch of stories in your reviews).