Usually if I am going to make a dip for people to snack on I go with onion dip, salsa or guacamole. But I had an octopus sitting in my fridge staring at me. My parents saw pre-cooked Octopus at Costco and wanted to know if it was any good so they gave it to me to play with. I really was reluctant to use it because I thought it would be gross but it was surprisingly not fishy, not slimy (once rinsed), and not rubbery. Who would have thunk. In addition to the octopus I used surimi (“krab”). I know surimi has a bad reputation because it is marketed as “fake crab” but I like it. You just need to buy a decent quality and enjoy it for what it is – fish sticks and not expect crab.

I used 1 lb of surimi and 1/2 lb of octupus chopped up. You could use any seafood you like – scallops, crab, shrimp, etc…

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And then I added 1.5 cups of chopped mushrooms, about 1/3 of a huge onion, 1/2 cup of parsley, and a few cloves of crushed garlic

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In a separate bowl I mixed about 1 cup of mayo and 1/4 cup of sriracha (yes this was spicy!). 1 lemon, and this Japanese seasoning I like with sesame, nori, and bonito flakes.

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Add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste

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Mix the mayo sauce with the chopped fish mixture and put in an 8×8 pan. I topped mine with a mix of mozzarella and Gruyere cheese.

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I baked it at 400 for about 25 min until it was brown and bubbly

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I served it with chips. It was so good that we did not save that much room for the homemade pizza that we made later!

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