Thai baby octopus sticks
Photo by Tamara West
Warren Elwin's skewers are a party on a stick. Soak wooden skewers in water for a while before using to prevent them burning on the barbecue. Makes 16 skewers.
- For the marinade, in a mortar and pestle, pound garlic, ginger, red chillies, kaffir lime leaves and sugar, to form a smooth spicy paste. Remove to a bowl and whisk in shrimp paste and the lime juice.
- To marinate, add baby octopus to the marinade and leave to tenderise overnight (or up to 2 days).
- Add 3 octopus per skewer and cook over a hot barbecue until just firm. Brush with the marinade as they cook. Sprinkle with a little sea salt to serve.
You can buy baby octopus from fish markets or ask your fishmonger. Buy them cleaned and frozen in bags, and thaw in cold water.