An octopus is a popular in the Mediterranean areas but Japanese love it too. Buy a whole fresh octopus and boil yourself. It tastes amazing.
What you need
A whole, fresh octopus
What to do
Ask at a fish store to clean when you buy.
Tentacles of a fresh octopus still suck well.
I used an octopus which is about 2.5 lbs big. First of all, put the octopus in a large bowl and sprinkle salt over it.
Massage salt into the octopus to clean its surface, then rinse well with running water.
In a large pot, boil enough water to cover the whole octopus. When rapidly boiling, slowly put the octopus in, from the tips of tentacles.
Some people like to cook very well-done and simmer for about 1 hour. I like it almost rare so cook for 5-7 minutes.
Remove the octopus from the boiling water and put it in ice cold water to cool.
Ta-da! This is the base of all octopus recipes. Cut it in pieces accordingly.
Also see the recipes of Japanese fried octopus and Spanish octopus carpaccio.
I have this recipe in Japanese as well.