prep octopus, cut apart legs from body, trim excess skin, place the tentacles into 2 inch deep pan that allows the tentacles to lay straight. This will help the end product once the octopus is cooked.
Combine olive oil, lemon, orange, garlic, onion, thyme, bay leaves, pepper, and salt; add it to the pan.
Cover octopus with parchment paper, wrap pan with foil (tightly). Then place in 325 oven for 3 hours or until tender and easy to cut through. Once cooked pull from oven and allow to set in the pan for an additional half hour. This will help with retaining the appearance of the octopus.
Remove octopus from pan and cool on tray.
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