BBQ baby octopus in Asian marinate (FODMAP friendly, gluten free)

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It was Queens birthday long weekend. I decided to cook a few dishes that would take some time to prepare.

The local seafood shop had some nice baby octopus so I picked up a few handfuls. I first dropped the octopus and some ginger in boiling water for a minute or two; then transferred them to a bowl of ice water; I marinated the octopus with fish sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, lemon juice, kumquat juice, sliced kaffir lime leafs, chili, marmalade and sesame oil; I placed the octopus in the fridge to marinate overnight, then BBQ them on a hot griddle. So juicy and tender!

BBQ baby octopus in Asian marinate (FODMAP friendly, gluten free)


(to share ^)


  • 750g baby octopus, cleaned, cut up into smaller pieces if they too large
  • 5g ginger, sliced
  • 1 chili, sliced
  • 1 small lemongrass stalks  (optional)
  • 3g coriander, stalk only
  • 2 kaffir lime leafs, thinly sliced  (optional)
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tbs soy sauce (use gluten free soy sauce for a gluten free option)
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 kumquats, cut in quarter, give it a squeeze with fingers, keep the juice and skin  (optional)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp marmalade
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • salt to taste


Bring a large pot of water to boil with ginger, add baby octopus, cooked briefly, say, for 2 minutes; take out the octopus and drop them in a large bowl of ice water for 5 minutes; drain well.

Place the octopus in a large container with a lid, add the remaining ingredients; top with some water (or olive oil) to cover all the octopus in marinate; leave in fridge overnight.

Bring a heavy base griddle to hot, BBQ the octopus until they are lovely and aromatic.  Enjoy with a green salad and a drizzle of lemon juice.



^The Monash University FODMAP Diet App does not have information on octopus. There is a blog posting on their website indicated that Octopus is low FODMAP but does not provide the recommended quantity.  Please take care and not have too much of these yummy octopus (at lease for the first time).    Please see Monash blog:





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