Drunken Octopus

Drunken Octopus with Yellow split peas puree (Greek Fava)

Drunken Octopus with Yellow split peas puree is the ultimate delicious and nutritious meal! If you are looking for a healthy and delicious meal that’s easy to make, then you’ve landed on the right page!

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Drunken Octopus

Drunken Octopus with Yellow split peas puree (Greek Fava)

Prep: 10m | Cook: 1h | Total: 1h 10m | Serves: 3-4


  • 1 medium Octopus (about 750g)
  • 1/2 wineglass red wine (100g)
  • 500g Yellow split peas
  • 4 cups of Water (1.200ml)
  • 4 Tbsp Olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 Onions, cut into quarters
  • Juice from1 lemon (and some extra for serving)
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili flakes
  • 2 pinches of Salt
  • 1 pinch of Black Pepper


For the Octopus:

  1. Thaw the Octopus and it is ready to add to your pressure cooker. (The fresh octopus must first be hit on a rock, as they did in the old days, or add in the freezer to soften).
  2. Place your pressure cooker on your stovetop, without its lid, on high heat (8/9) until it heats up nicely.
  3. As soon as the pressure cooker heats up, add the octopus and immediately pour in the red wine.
  4. It will start to foam and give off a lot of steam, the alcohol from the wine will evaporate within a few seconds.
  5. Secure the lid on your pressure cooker and close it.
  6. As soon as the cooker starts to whistle, turn off the heat and let it sit inside the cooker for 1 hour. The octopus will be soft, juicy and delicious!

For the Fava (yellow split peas puree):

    1. Rinse the yellow split peas well by changing 3-4 waters until the water comes out relatively clear.
    2. Add 4 cups of water in a pot over high heat add the yellow split peas and bring to a boil.
    3. Skim the foam that they will produce on top and add the onions cut into four, 1/3 tsp cumin, 1/3 tsp red chili flakes and reduce the flame to low (3/9).
    4. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring 1 or 2 times but no more than that.
    5. After 30 minutes reduce the fire to the minimum of your stove and let it simmer for 10 more minutes uncovered and the Greek Fava spread salad is cooked.
    6. Fava (Yellow split pea) is ready when it is easily crushed with a spoon.
    7. With a Hand Blender: Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in the pot and blend it inside the pot while it is still hot.
    8. With a food processor: Your food processor should have a small hole on top so the steam can escape. If it does not have, do not use your food processor to blend it as it will damage it. If it has a hole on top, add the Fava, little by little with the cooked onions included, a little lemon juice, olive oil, a pinch of salt and a little black pepper and blend it while it is still hot and the fava is ready.
    9. With a blender: Add half the Fava, half the lemon juice, half the olive oil, salt and pepper and blend until it resembles a puree. Repeat for the other half of the Fava.
    10. Let the Fava rest for about an hour at room temperature, and then add it to your fridge for 1 more hour or preferably let it rest overnight before serving it.
    11. Serve the fava with a few onion slices on top, the Octopus on the side, and a green salad.
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