Octopus toban

Serves 4

As well as unusually large catches of anchovies off the Cornish and Devon coastline, there are also large numbers of octopus being landed – what next? A toban is a ceramic dish that the food is cooked and served in and this recipe is from Mark Edwards' latest book, Nobu West.

1-1.5kg octopus, cleaned
1tbsp olive oil
2tbsp ghee or butter
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
16-20 pieces of okra, halved lengthways
8-10tbsp sake
4tbsp yuzu juice, or the juice of 1 lemon
4tbsp dried miso, dissolved in 600ml hot water

Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6.

Remove any hard suckers and the eyes from the octopus and wash thoroughly in cold water. Cut into 2-3cm chunks and dry with kitchen paper. Place the octopus into an ovenproof cooking pot with the other ingredients, except the okra, and cook in the oven for 30 minutes or until it's tender. It's difficult to put a time on braised octopus; sometimes you may find you need to cook it for around an hour. Then add the okra and return to the oven for another 10 minutes or so or until the okra is tender. Serve as a starter or main course.

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