Kids' Octopus Soup Recipe -
Kids' Octopus Soup Recipe
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Kids' Octopus Soup

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"This is a recipe I learned in kindergarten, and it's great to do with your kids or make for a Halloween or an ocean-themed birthday party."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. With a sharp knife, cut the hot dogs in half the short way. Slice each piece in half vertically, cutting about 3/4 of the way up towards the rounded end. Leave about 1 inch of the rounded end as the head of the octopus. Rotate the dog 90 degrees, and make another vertical cut. Cut the 4 legs in half again, to make 8 legs and a head. The hot dogs should look like tassels with rounded heads.
  2. Bring the chicken broth and chives to a boil in a soup pot. Place the octopus hot dogs into the boiling soup, and simmer for about 5 minutes. The legs will curl to make the octopus shape. Serve in bowls with an octopus or 2 in each bowl.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 29, 2010

I have done this for years with the grandkids! For a variation, I dye the ramen noodles green and pile the octopi on top of the :sea weed! turn the cooked hot dogs upside down and they are flowers! ( for the girls)

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 16, 2012

Not the greatest, my picky little eater refused to finish his.

Oct 29, 2010

Simple and fun to do, I'd suggest the next time I do this, I use low sodium hot dogs and chicken broth. But the recipe did just what it said it would. The hot dogs curled right up and I thought that was fantastic! My local commissary didn't have a very good quality of fresh chives. I was totally disappointed. But for a small package at just under 3 dollars. I would have needed 2 to almost 3 containers of fresh chives to follow the recipe exactly, and I would have had it not been for the commissary's selection. However, I had to go with green onions and at 34 cents a bundle and using 2, and chopping only. the greens and saving the other part for another use. This recipe was made very inexpensively. What a great budget recipe. Hot dogs-- .89cents, Chicken Broth(Dollar Store)-- $2.50, Green Onions-- $4.07 WOW right? Less then 51 cents a serving. I'll make this again for sure. My kids loved how the whole hot dog trick turned into an octopus. A BIG THANKS!!!

Nov 02, 2010

My kids love this! I just boiled the hot dog octopi in plain water & served on plates with ketchup. The kids loved pulling apart the legs & dipping them one at a time. So fun.

Jul 04, 2011

I just use packaged chicken noodle soup and put the sliced hotdogs in. The kids are crazy about it.

Dec 17, 2010

This is great! i boil them plain and serve them in my kids' bento boxes for lunch. they love 'em.

Oct 30, 2011

This is really good put on top a bowl of mac and cheese with some fish crackers sprinkled on top.

Mar 18, 2011

These are great! A new lunch favorite! Thanks for the terrific idea.


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  • Calories
  • 200 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.1 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 16.4 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 8.5 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 2337 mg
  • 93%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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