Pan-seared octopus on cannellini bean cream and cherry tomato jam


Andrea Moio

Cook & Prep Time

1 h 30 min plus time to soak the beans



Pan-seared octopus on cannellini bean cream and cherry tomato jam

A delicious and unusual appetiser to impress your guests.


For the octopus:
  • 1 octopus of about 1kg
  • 45 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
For the cannellini bean cream
  • 500g dried cannellini beans (soaked in water for at least 24 hours before cooking)
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 1 small onion, cut julienne
  • 2l vegetable stock
  • salt
For the cherry tomato jam
  • 300g canned cherry tomatoes
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 quarter lemon, squeezed
  • salt


Step 1

Put lightly salted water to boil in a deep saucepan, and as soon as it boils, put the octopus in and let it simmer for about 40 minutes. Once it is tender, take the octopus out of the water, let it cool and using a knife, separate the tentacles starting from the centre.

Step 2

In another saucepan, heat the extra virgin olive oil and sauté the garlic, onion, carrot and celery for about 2 minutes over medium heat. Turn down the heat and add the beans, stock and cook covered for about 20/30 minutes. Let it cool slightly and with a stick blender, blend to a smooth cream; sieve if necessary.

Step 3

Cut the canned cherry tomatoes in half and using a spoon, take out the seeds and pulp. Put them in a frying pan with the sugar, squeezed lemon juice and salt and cook over a gentle heat for about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Then pan-sear the octopus tentacles in a non-stick pan with olive oil and rosemary over a high heat. Once golden, place them on a serving dish and serve with the cannellini bean cream and the jam on the top.