Instant Pot Octopus

This Instant Pot pulpo gallego is a mouth-watering recipe that full with color and taste.

Make it for any special event and enjoy a delicious dinner for the whole family.

Roasted octopus pieces topped with paprika with toothpicks

We are using only salt and paprika so you can enjoy it's natural taste. Feel free to add more spices but in our opinion it's not necessary.

How do I make it crispy?

After cooking, you can broil the octopus using the Air Fryer Lid (or the oven) for extra crisp.

How to serve?

You can serve it over potato slices (or scalloped Potatoes) as a Galician octopus tapa, as you can see in the image above.

You can also add it to a main dish and serve over:

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Instant Pot Octopus

This delicious octopus is cooked to perfection in Instant Pot.
4.65 from 177 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: octopus, Pulpo Gallego, Spanish paprika
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie


  • 1 whole octopus rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika for serving
  • olive oil for serving


  • Place octopus in the Instant Pot and add water and kosher salt.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 16 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid and cut the octopus into pieces.
  • Add paprika on top, drizzle olive oil and serve 🙂

Broiling (Optional)

  • Remove the water from the Instant Pot, and place the octopus inside the Air Fryer Basket.
  • Cover with the air fryer lid and BROIL at 400 °F for 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 328kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 59.7g Fat: 4.2g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 1mg Potassium: 1mg Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 1mg Iron: 1mg
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11 thoughts on “Instant Pot Octopus

  1. Cooked 5 lb. octopus perfectly. Grilled afterwards for a char. Served with vinaigrette; olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper.
    Kids were disappointed when there wasn't any left. Will make again. Thank you for a great recipe.

  2. How would you adjust this recipe/method for (1) baby octopus; and (2) without an instant pot? Thanks in advance.

    1. A normal octopus would simmer 2 hours in a normal pot on low heat in its own juices, you don’t need to add any water. You can adjust baby octopus down to 1.5 hrs or even less based on the size.

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