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Zourite curry recipe

One spoonful of grapeseed oil

Zourite curry, or zourite stew, is an alternative way of cooking octopus. In Reunion Island, it is called a stew whenever the recipe includes wine. This delicious dish is best served with white rice. I just know you’ll love it !
Zourite stew, one of the icons of Reunion Island cuisine, is pieces of braised zourite octopus in an aromatic sauce with red wine.


Zourite curry recipe

Preparation time 30 minutes
Cooking time 55 minutes


Clean the zourite octopus 

  • Check that the ink sac has been removed.
  • Soak the octopus in water containing rock salt and a little vinegar, and rub between your hands to remove the slimy film.
  • Rinse and cut into small pieces of roughly 2 cm.
  • Some people prefer to blanch the zourite to get rid of the greyish skin.

Cook by steaming

  • Drain the zourite well, place it in a saucepan and add the finely-chopped onions, finely-ground garlic and ginger, crushed tomatoes, spices and oil.
  • Add a leaf of allspice or ravensara as well as the thyme. Do not add salt.
  • Cover and cook on a low heat for one hour until the octopus is nice and tender.
  • Let the sauce reduce completely, then add the wine.
  • Allow to reduce again until the stew begins to form a skin.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and finely-chopped spring onions.


  • 2kg zourite
  • 200g onions
  • 50g garlic
  • 50g fresh ginger
  • 200g tomatoes
  • 100cl oil
  • 1 bottle (70cl) red wine
  • Fresh thyme
  • Clove
  • Nutmeg
  • Parsley
  • Spring onions
  • Vinegar
  • Rock salt
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Ravensara
  • Allspice