Best Spanish Octopus Appetizers
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Spanish Octopus Appetizers

This Spanish octopus appetizer is a delicious and easy snack for any get together. Olives, cocktail onions, roasted red peppers and cooked octopus on cocktail sticks seasoned with herbs and olive oil.
Prep Time8 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Octopus Appetizers, Octopus Recipes
Servings: 12 pcs
Calories: 33
Author: Julia


For the bites:

  • 12 Pitted Green Olives , see note 1
  • 12 Pickled Cocktail Onions
  • 2-3 Cooked Octopus Legs (½ lb/225g), see note 2
  • 12 slices Marinated Roasted Red Peppers , see note 4

For extra flavor:


  • Cut each tentacle into bite size pieces.
  • Onto a cocktail stick, thread 1 olive, 1 cocktail onion, 1 slice of roasted red pepper and 1 octopus chunk.
  • Repeat with the rest.
  • Serve them on a plate, serving tray, or in glasses. Once you have plated them, drizzle with olive oil, and season with oregano, black pepper and salt (optional).
  • Best served right away or within 2 hours.


  1. Olives – I love using spicy olives to make these appetizers but you can use regular green olives. Or any olives you like. Just make sure they are pitted.
  2. Octopus – you will only need a few cooked tentacles so if you find pre-packaged cooked tentacles, I recommend buying those instead of a whole cooked octopus. You will only need 2-3 pieces (depending on their size). There is no need to by a whole cooked octopus as you will not be using the head or the thins tips.
  3. If you are trying to keep sodium levels down, omit the salt completely. Olives are salty enough so seasoning these appetizers with olive oil black pepper and oregano will work just fine!
  4. I prefer buying whole roasted peppers and cutting them myself as the strips (that you can buy in some places) don’t hold their shape so well, but you can try yourself. You will use only 2-3 whole peppers for 12 appetizers (depending on their size).
  5. For more information and tips I recommend reading the full post.
  6. If you are not serving them right away, keep them in the fridge. Best in an air-tight container.
Nutrition Facts
Spanish Octopus Appetizers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 33 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 109mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 49IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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