Don Gastronom (La Narval) Octopus in Spiced Sunflower Oil


The box and company literature refer to liquid this octopus is tinned in as “marinera” or “Marinière” but it doesn’t seem to me to be a member of either class of sauces, as there’s no tomato, no white wine or lemon juice or butter or parsley, really nothing but sunflower oil and spices, so that’s how I have described it. They do also say “perfect for tapas” and I completely agree with that.

One really great thing about the canning process is that squid and octopus and clams, often tricky for a home cook to get just right when cooked from raw, are always perfectly cooked and only need to be brought up to eating temperature.

110g tin

In stock


Ingredients: octopus (Eledone cirrhosa), sunflower oil, spices, salt

The terms “spiced” and “spicy” are used pretty much interchangeably in the tinned fish world, to mean two different things: with a hot pepper (or hot pepper flavor), and with cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper. There are many examples of both terms being used to mean both things.

We are so frustrated by how widespread this confusing inconsistent usage is that we’ve gone through our entire product line to correct the incorrect ones such that our description of “spiced” or “spicy” will always indicate which it really is, regardless of the packaging. “Spicy” = with hot pepper flavor. “Spiced” = with the cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper flavors (or in some cases other blends of savory spices).


  1. largerbirdy (verified owner)

    Loved these. The tentacles are canned whole (as in, not cut into coins), with some pieces just as long as the can itself. Pleasant chew and great flavor. The sauce is really just a red oil but the added color complimented the Alfredo I ended up tossing these into.

  2. TinnedFishStoner (verified owner)

    These are amazing. These Octopus pieces are quite tender towards the ends of the tentacles, and they pack this with full octopus tentacle pieces instead of cutting them up. I enjoy the flavor of the oil, it’s not spicy at all but it gives a nice flavor kick while I ate the pieces of octopus. These are perfect to eat out of the tin, and were the best experience with tinned octopus that I’ve had.

  3. haziago (verified owner)

    This is an amazing tin from flavor to texture if you are a fan of octopus. They don’t skimp on it either, plenty in the tin. And do not waste the oil this is in, it is too good to waste. I made a squid salad of this tin, cucumbers, onions, with a quick marinade with the oil and wow.

  4. Benjamin W (verified owner)

    This has gotta be one of the tastiest tins I’ve ever had. I had this along with some other tins with some friends, and this was the unanimous #1. It took some nerves to try it for them (and me), as they are full tentacles, but they are deliciously tender, and having the tin slightly warmed really added to the experience. The flavor is not harsh/strong, and is absolutely amazing. I’m definitely ordering again.

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