Octopus & Shrimp Balls

How to make Octopus and Shrimp Balls.


  • 1 Kg of pre-cooked octopus
  • 6 shrimps
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 can of tomato purée
  • ½ cup of fish stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Salt


  1. Remove the octopus from its packaging and slice the octopus tentacles and raw shelled shrimps into very small pieces.
  2. Next, mince 1 garlic clove, ¼ onion and 1 sprig of parsley as finely as possible.
  3. Leave the slice of bread to soak in milk.
  4. In a bowl, mix the octopus and shrimp together with the minced garlic, onion and parsley.
  5. Add the egg, the slice of bread with all excess milk squeezed out and salt, and combine everything together until you get a compact mixture.
  6. Now’s the time to form the octopus balls.
  7. Take a tablespoon of the mixture, roll it into a ball and dip in the flour, tapping off any excess.
  8. Heat plenty of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the octopus and shrimp balls for 3 or 4 minutes.
  9. Remove, drain onto a platter lined with paper towels, and set aside.
  10. Strain some of the olive oil used in frying the octopus and shrimp balls into a saucepan, and sauté the remaining minced onion and 2 cloves of garlic on low heat.
  11. When the onions are almost translucent, add the can of tomato purée, fish stock and bay leaf.
  12. Cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring every once in a while.
  13. Add the octopus and shrimp balls and leave to cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  14. Season to taste and sprinkle some minced parsley on top of the octopus and shrimp balls.
  15. Enjoy!
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