Grilled Pulpo {Octopus} Tacos


Grilled Pulpo Tacos

This summer we’ve been grilling tons of seafood and trying some new things along the way like these Grilled Pulpo Tacos.

Pulpo is the Spanish word for Octopus. If you haven’t tried it before it’s similar tasting to calamari but has more meat and are amazing grilled.

There is a bit of prep work required for this dish but it’s so worth it!

Grilled Pulpo {Octopus} Tacos Recipe



1 orange

1 red onion

3-4 bay leaves

Salt + Pepper {well seasoned, to taste}

1/2 cup of olive oil

1/4 cup of cilantro {for garnish}

pico de gallo

flour tortillas


In a large deep pot bring water to a boil with  all the ingredients {except the cilantro and pico de gallo}, once the water is boiling add the pulpo. Keep the flame on medium and let it boil for 30 minutes.

While that is boiling prep your grill and wooden skewers by submerging them in water to prevent them burning wile on the grill. Once the pulpo is cooled down cut it up into about 1 – 2 inch sizes. Keep the size consistent so they grill evenly.  Skewer the pulpo and brush with a little bit of olive oil. Grill them on direct heat for just a minute or two per side. If you’re using a charcoal grill the flavor will be even more intense!

Grill the flour tortillas and serve with some fresh pico de gallo and a few lime wedges!


*this recipe was inspired and adapted from Asi & Asado in Cabo San Lucas

Photo & Recipe by Michelle Lara // Cupcakes, Cocktails & Kids

Michelle Lara // Cupcakes, Cocktails & Kids

Michelle Lara: Mom, writer + foodie // Cupcakes, Cocktails & Kids


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Michelle lives in South Florida with her husband, and two children. When she's not contributing on you can find her on her site: where she dishes on family, food and fashion.

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Garlic + Zest - July 17, 2015 Reply

These tacos look amazing! I love octopus and recently wrestled my own cephalopod for a grilled octopus post: This recipe just moved to the top of my list!

Michelle Lara - July 17, 2015 Reply

Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I just checked out your grilled octopus recipe and it sounds amazing {pinning it as I type!}. We had tons of leftovers and made a pulpo salad the next day just added some more lime and orange juice and tons more cilantro with a side of grilled garlic bread … beyond delish! If you make these tacos please let me know how it turned out you can even tag your pic on IG @CupcakesCocktailsAndKids #cckblog

Thanks again!
Michelle // Cupcakes, Cocktails & kids

Mick Brown - July 31, 2015 Reply

Thanks so much for this Recipe, My family LOVES Grilled Octopus and orders it whenever we dine out Greek. I never thought about making at home. Will try your Recipe tonight.

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