Slow-cooked octopus and hummus on toasted olive bread

Tom Sarafian, Sarafian Melbourne, Serves 4


1kg octopus tentacles 
Brine from a 300g jar of Mount Zero Olives
1 head of garlic
4 sprigs lemon thyme 
3 red chilli, sliced lengthways 
1 litre of Mount Zero Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 punnet cherry tomatoes 
Fresh basil, up to 12 leaves, torn
½ a cup, Mount Zero Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
Mount Zero Pink Lake Salt, to taste 
Black pepper, to taste 

To Serve: 
1 jar of Tom Sarafian Hummus
Smoked paprika, to garnish 
A good quality sourdough olive bread, sliced 


Don’t waste your delicious brine! Pour the olive brine from Mount Zero olives onto the octopus to brine for 45 minutes.  

Heat the oven to 130°C. 

Drain the octopus and put in a deep pot. Add garlic, lemon thyme and red chilli and then completely cover in Mt Zero Arbequina olive oil. Cook for 1 hour.

Remove from the oil mixture and drain the octopus, it should be tender but slightly firm to the touch. 

Heat a fry-pan to a high heat and season the octopus with Mount Zero Pink Lake Salt. Cook the octopus until golden brown all over. 

Take octopus off heat, rest and slice into bite-sized pieces. Put aside. 


Smash cherry tomatoes in mortar and pestle and season with basil, black pepper and pink lake salt. 


Slice and toast the olive bread. Spread hummus over toast. Spoon tomato and basil salad over hummus. Arrange octopus slices on top.

Finish with more Mount Zero Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and garnish with smoked paprika.

This recipe is simple, delicious and fun to cook, showcasing Mount Zero’s beautiful produce and how my hummus can be used to create an indulgent snack or canapes for entertaining guests who we can finally have over for a dinner party! I love teaming seafood with hummus and this recipe shows how easy octopus can be prepared at home.

Recipe Ingredients from the Mount Zero Range