Long arm octopus

Nakji 낙지

Nakji (long arm octopus) is a kind of octopus caught on the shores of NorthEast Asia and Eastern Russia. It’s head is comparatively small and oval, and its arms long and thin.

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Koreans use nakji to make spicy stir-fried octopus (nakji-bokkeum), soup, stew, porridge, fermented salted octopus, and pancakes. I also prepare a live one raw for my family. It’s a real delicacy!

Frozen nakji can be found at any Korean grocery store, in the frozen section. Fresh are harder to find outside of Korea.

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Recipes that use nakji (long arm octopus):

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