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Baby Octopus

Scientific Name: Octopus aegina & Octopus Sp.
Australian Standard Fish Name:  Baby Octopus
Australian Species Code:
23 659903
Catch Method:  Wild caught

Other Names:
Octopus (Octopus graptus)
Octopus (Octopus pallidus)
Octopus (Octopus maorum)
Octopus (Octopus australis)
Octopus (Octopus tetricus)

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About Octopus
The octopus (from Greek 'eight-footed') is a cephalopod of the order Octopoda that inhabits many diverse regions of the ocean, especially coral reefs. The term may also refer to only those creatures in the genus Octopus. In the larger sense, there are around 300 recognized octopus species, which is over one-third of the total number of known cephalopod species.

Many species of octopus are eaten as food by human cultures around the world. The arms and sometimes other parts of the body are prepared in various ways, often depending on the species being eaten.

Octopus is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine, including sushi, takoyaki, and Akashiyaki. Some small species are sometimes eaten alive as a novelty and health food (mostly in South Korea). Octopus is also a common food in Mediterranean cuisine. In Galicia, polbo á feira (fair style octopus) is a local delicacy. Restaurants which specialize or serve this dish are known as pulperías.

Octopuses have an enjoyable mild flavour, with a texture similar to that of squids, though more dense. Dried octopus is popular in some parts of Asia.

Cook octopus quickly over a high heat or simmer slowly. Marinating will help to tenderise the flesh and strengthen the flavour for enhanced results when cooking quickly.

According to the USDA Nutrient Database (2007), cooked octopus contains approximately 139 calories per three ounce portion, and is a source of vitamin B3, B12, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium.

Flavour Mild
Oiliness Medium
Moisture Dry
Texture Firm
Flesh Colour White to Creamy
Price These are low-priced molluscs.
Edibility The guts, beak and eyes are usually removed, although the eyes are sometimes eaten in Asian cuisine. The arms are used in sushi.


Nutrition Facts for Octopus (Based on 100g of Raw Product)
Kilojoules n/a
Cholesterol 154mg
Sodium n/a
Total Fat (Oil) 1.0g
Saturated Fat 35% of total fat
Monounsaturated Fat 7% of total fat
Polyunsaturated Fat 58% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 51 mg
Omega-3, DHA 156 mg
Omega-6, AA 42 mg


Recovery Rate
Flesh: 90% of total weight

Other Uses for Baby Octopus
Octopus Ink
- Used in cooking.


Octopus Links
FRDC Octopus Info
Wikipedia Encyclopedia

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US Food & Drug Administration:
Model Health Certificate
- for imports of live bivalve molluscs intended for human consumption

FDA/CFSAN - European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Export Certificates
- European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Export Certificates for Fishery/Aquaculture Products and Live/Raw Molluscan Shellfish


In the past the EU has accepted and used the FDA list of approved seafood establishments for acceptance of U.S. seafood shipments. However, due to a change in EU legislation, the EU began maintaining their own Official List of approved establishments. This has resulted in two separate (and different) lists:


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