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Octopus and cucumber sunomono is one of the regular Izakaya dishes. Boiling a whole octopus is quite simple and you can make this sunomono in no time. It tastes better when chilled.
Octopus and Cucumber Sunomono (Vinegar Dressing)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Octopus and cucumber sunomono is one of the regular Izakaya dishes. Boiling a whole octopus is quite simple and you can make this sunomono in no time. With a bit of technique, you can boil octopus to tender meat. It tastes better when chilled.
Recipe Type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Japanese
Serves: 2
Author: Yumiko
Ingredients
  • 75g (2.6oz) cucumber , thinly sliced 2mm (1/16") thick (note 2)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 75g (2.6oz) boiled octopus legs , thinly sliced 3mm (1/8”) thick (note 1)
Vinegar Dressing
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2/3 tsp mirin
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the sliced cucumber in a bowl, mix well and leave it for 10 minutes. If a lot of water comes out, squeeze the water out of the cucumber slices.
  2. Add the sliced octopus and the vinegar dressing ingredients to the bowl with the cucumber slices and mix well. Leave for 10-15 minutes to let the dressing penetrate the octopus and cucumbers, mixing occasionally.
  3. Serve in two small bowls or a bowl to share (note 3).
Recipe Notes

1. Octopus legs should be sliced from the left (for the right hander), which is called sogigiri (そぎ切り). You can see how it is done in my post Sashimi. See note 4 about how to boil octopus.

2. It would be a challenge to slice cucumbers into such thin slices unless you are good with knife. I use the Kyocera brand slicer that I introduced in my post Lotus Root and Mizuna Salad.

3. If you have a bit of time, then I’d suggest that you chill the sunomono in the fridge for a while. It tastes better in my view.

4. To boil a whole octopus:

a. Bring water in a large pot to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of vinegar.
b. Hold the top of the octopus (the round part, which is actually the body) and dip most of the legs in the boiling water. Move them up and down like yo-yo until the legs are nicely curled.
c. Drop the entire octopus into the boiling water.
d. Cook for about 4-5 minutes then turn off the heat.
e. Leave the octopus in the hot water for another 5-6 minutes but no more than 10 minutes from the time you dropped the entire octopus in the boiling water.
f. Take it out and cool it down.