I Love “Octopus Balls”. Here Is The Delicious Reason Why…And A Recipe Too!

OK, complete disclosure: I love Octopus Balls. Now, you may want to know why, so let’s take a trip to find out together:


Octopus Balls in Tokyo!

It all began on my first trip to Tokyo, when I had a day to myself to explore.

I wandered through Tokyo’s Asakusa district, filled with small shops – and lots of places to get street food – and came across this incredible food stand: serving up Octopus in many unique ways: you could get it on a stick and of course, they had my first exposure to “Octopus Balls!”


tokyo octopus balls

I ate the Octopus on a stick, which was tender and smoky – and of course I had to try a platter of fried Octopus Balls: here’s what they are – chopped up Octopus, vegetables, spices and other Japanese stuff, mixed into a batter that is then deep-fried, then topped with a creamy asian sauce…Wow! I could eat these balls forever!

Of course, not ALL food in Tokyo is for everyone – because I found these for sale as well:


Yes, these are “Almond Fish!” It’s a popular snack in Tokyo, just one of the many unique items I sampled there. You can see more here:


So, I was hooked on Octopus Balls – but what do I do when I’m not in Tokyo?

No worries! Back in LA, I found another place to enjoy Octopus Balls:

Octopus Balls recipe Ramen Burger LA

Takoyaki! Octopus Balls!

Yes, I found a shop in LA’s Koreatown district that served Octopus Balls as an appetizer…these deep fried Octopus balls came in a delicious mayo with green onions – they were moist, full of great chunks of Octopus, and very filling for an appetizer!

Ramen Burger Octopus Balls

Octopus Balls Ramen Burger recipe

They also served Ramen burgers there as well:

See more of this culinary adventure here:


Finally, a new Ramen shop opened up in Chicago – and guess what they serve?

Miso-Ya Ramen shop in the Streeterville neighborhood has great ramen, delicious fried chicken and yes, Octopus Balls that are served topped with Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)!

So there you go: three different cities, three great Octopus Ball dishes…

These guys are stuffed with a lot more than just Octopus, and here is an easy recipe to make them yourself!


I plan to make these at home, because there are so many reasons for loving Octopus Balls – no apologies, just a happy smile when I finish eating!

Here are some of my favorite street foods:


Let me know if you’ve had the chance to try these delicious taste treats!

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10 replies

  1. Look delicious John. we ate octopus regularly in Spain but not eaten prepared this way..

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  2. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    Here is my next big cooking adventure – to make my version of this Japanese classic –


  3. Reblogged this on sixdegreesofstoogeration and commented:
    Suck on my salty, salty balls! (Hey! Come back! I’m talking about OCTOPUS BALLS!)


  4. I have eaten octopus in the Mediterranean; fresh caught, and bashed on a rock to tenderise it. (Barbaric to watch…) But I have never had octopus balls. I would try them, if there was anywhere within 150 miles that sold them!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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