UPDATE: See below. Lidia Bastianich response.
We’re going to have our Italian feast on Christmas Eve and one of the appetizer recipes is grilled octopus. I called my fish market and asked when I could pick some up, hoping I could gather it before Christmas Eve day when the parking lot at the market is backed up for a mile or more. I asked for three pounds, cleaned octopus.
They told me you can’t transport fresh/live octopus in the USA and they only carry frozen octopus, from Spain. Is that true????
The thought of frozen sounds awful. Who wants frozen octopus, thawed then cooked – it would be all rubbery, like frozen shrimp. No thanks.
I did a quick Google search and it does seem many people say that frozen is the norm but I MUST be able to find some fresh in NYC, have one of the kids bring it out, right? At a fishmonger in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side, right?
Help me out here folks. Ask your fish monger about fresh versus frozen and get back to me. I’ll change recipes if it has to be frozen.
Meanwhile, while I wait for your responses, I’ve tweeted the question to several peeps who should know: Martha Stewart, NYTimes Food, The Kitchn blog, Lidia Bastianich, Epicurious, and Smitten Kitchen. Because I have such a small Twitter following, I don’t expect anyone to actually answer me but hey, I’m trying all avenues.
UPDATE: Lidia responds. Wow, and thanks.