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Arroz De Polvo


This, too, is a Portuguese recipe from the Algarve.













Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber, Very low in sodium, Low Sodium


1 ½ pounds octopus
any size
1 cup red wine
mixed with a little water
¼ olive vegetable oil
1 each onions
2 cloves garlic
3 each tomatoes
skinned and chopped
1 large green bell peppers
1 x salt and black pepper
1 x chili powder
to taste
1 ⅔ cup arborio (short-grain) rice
or other short-grained riced


It can be made with octopuses of any size. Baby ones won't need so much precooking.

Precook 600 to 800 g octopus in 200 mL red wine with a little water.

The octopus will exude liquid so that you are likely to end up with more cooking liquid at the end.

Retain this and add water to make it up to 600 ea mL. Cut the drained octopus into small pieces.

Heat 150 mL olive oil in a large saucepan, add a chopped onion and cook gently, stirring, for 2 or 3 minutes. Add 2 garlic cloves finely chopped, 3 tomatoes, skinned and chopped, and a large green pepper cut into snips. Season with salt, pepper and chilli powder to taste. Cook for a few minutes longer.

Add the cooking liquid from the octopus and bring it to the boil. Add 350 g rice (preferable a short-grain risotto rice like arborio) and bring back to the boil, then turn the heat very low and put the lid on the saucepan. After 15 minutes, stir to ensure the rice is not catching on the bottom of the saucepan. In 5 minutes more, taste a grain or two to make sure it is soft. The rice should still be quite damp.


Makes 4 servings.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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The recipe does not state how long one must pre-cook the Octupus for and also at which heat?.Which part of the Octupus are used? and also when would one add the Octupus itself as in the cooking instructions it only directs one to "add the cooking liquid f

over 13 years ago


i don't use any wine or other liquid. wash and put in a large pan. let it stay there almost 3 hours! cooking with a temperatur very very very low. just enough for a few little bubbles.

about 13 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 249g (8.8 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 3402% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 25%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Sugars g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 18% Vitamin C 80%
Calcium 3% Iron 23%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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