Of all the canned seafood I've eaten, I think octopus is one of my favorites. There is something about the taste and texture of tinned octopus that just appeals to me: tender yet resilient, mildly briny and shellfish-like, but with an almost buttery aspect to the taste. I rarely pass up the opportunity to pick up a few cans of octopus or the similar-tasting cuttlefish when they're on sale.
Because Reese has pretty high quality standards - I've yet to get a bad product from them - I snapped up a couple cans of the Spiced Octopus in Seasoned Red Sauce when it turned up at Ocean State Job Lot.
|Check out that big meaty chunk of octopus.|
The octopus is indeed tender, and the sauce is pretty decent, if a bit oily: tomatoes and spices present but not overwhelming. There's just enough for a light lunch or to toss into a seafood salad, or stirred into a bowl of ramen.
One word of caution: The top to these things have a pull ring, which tends to make the lid splash oily red sauce nearly everywhere when it comes off. Be careful not to open it right next to your keyboard. (Yes. Personal experience talking.)