Originally Posted by Mad Cook
Ugly brutes, aren't they. Taste good though if handled properly.
In Spain I was told that they had to be beaten 100 times before cooking in order to tenderise it. I was a bit dubious about this information until I saw a fisherman reel one in on the quay. He took it by the tentacles and proceeded to wallop it against the stone parapet of the quay.
They are some of the most beautiful creatures I've ever seen in the ocean. Masters of disguise, extremely intelligent, at times hard to find, and can turn any color. I did catch a show where a guy was learning how to dive for them in the traditional Hawaiian way, which entailed biting the poor things really hard behind the eyes. They immediately turned from vibrant color to dead gray.
That said, when cooked properly, they are delicious. A favorite restaurant in Mexico cooks a mixed seafood medley, including pulpo, all rolled into a fish fillet and baked with butter, cream and spices, in tinfoil. It is to die for.