ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cooking An Alaskan Octopus

Updated on October 11, 2013
The sumptuous lupines abound around the village.
The sumptuous lupines abound around the village.

Living Off The Land

It was four summers ago when I had my first taste of Alaska's subsistence lifestyle. My Alutiiq (an Alaskan native tribe located in the Kodiak islands) friend, Marlene, our housekeeper, and her sister, Virginia, invited me to go octopus hunting one low tide morning. She and her family and friends showed me a way of living that I had only seen in films and read in newspapers.

On these tidal trips, Marlene would bring along a pair of boots for me to wear to tread the slick, slimy underworld where the octopus live. I was not properly, personally equipped to Alaskan village lifestyle--that I didn't bring my flashy outfits, did not count as semi-prepared.

With that little help from my friend, I had to, on my own, pace my balance for the feel of weeds could knock me off my feet. I would not want to splat on that muck...though danger didn't seem omnipotent.

Hereon forward, I giddily anticipate low tide days so I could participate in subsistence hunting for octopus, sea urchins, clams and bivalves.

Catch for the Day..
Catch for the Day..
Terminating an octopus.
Terminating an octopus.

Octopus

Octopus Habitat around Larsen Bay, Alaska. My local friends schooled me on detecting octopus habitat. Discarded shells of bivalves, crabs scattered outside a rocky cave would be the signs of an octopus lair. Octopus are bottom-dwellers so they consume seashell creatures. Octopus are also chameleons in changing their appearance to trick prey and predator alike. They are considered intelligent creatures who could think.

Capturing an Octopus. Living in remote Alaska means improvisation due to limited accessibility for materials. The natives used to improvise a wire hook that they insert into the cave with great precision and speed. For a nano second of bad judgement on where the hook goes, the octopus will stick inside the cave and no amount of jerking would work. Nowadays, they have a different method that was introduced by the "white man" decades ago. I was told better not to divulged the method because the method is generally discouraged.

Salad with Spicy Calamares & Hot Marinara Sauce
Salad with Spicy Calamares & Hot Marinara Sauce

How To Cook An Octopus

Marlene prefer boiling tentacles until tender, then spice it up...hot. C'est delice! The octopus hood was given to me as additional delicacy for the guests. I had to try my special Spicy Calamares batter which I had always served at an Anchorage restaurant that I used to worked for. The difference was, I used baby squids.

Pound the octopus until a third thinner. Lift the skin from the hood. Cut into 1/4" thin strips of 1" or 2" length. Set aside in cooler while you prepare the batter. Once the batter is prepared, turn on your fryer to 375 degrees. Coat the octopus strips with the batter. Shake excess batter and put into the hot fryer. Remember that the fryer has to be at least 350 degrees, otherwise, the calamares will not cook perfectly. Just a minute in hot fryer. You would see the golden brown coloring. Remove and strain. Serve alone with sauce or serve on top of salad as shown in the picture.

Spicy Calamares Recipe:

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1/4 Cup of Garlic Herb Blend product

1/8 Cup of Ground Paprika

4 Tablespoons Ground Cayenne Powder

Procedure:

Combine all ingredients to incorporate. Sift. Put in dry plastic bucket and cover. Can keep in room temperature for a week.

A couple of starfishes unraveled.
A couple of starfishes unraveled.
A type of bivalve--similar to a mussel.   Found clinging to rocks during low tide. The orange part is the meat that is eaten raw upon prying the shells open. Crunchy and bland.
A type of bivalve--similar to a mussel. Found clinging to rocks during low tide. The orange part is the meat that is eaten raw upon prying the shells open. Crunchy and bland.
The view of the low tide from a dandelion's perspective.
The view of the low tide from a dandelion's perspective.

Different Angles of the Low Tide

Every available free time granted my way, my dog and I with my camera on hand, were my constant loyal companions. Capturing these wondrous sceneries has been exhilarating. Here are photos to reminisce about.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)