Enjoy the terrific texture of one of summer's tastiest stars in our favorite okra recipes.
Cooking with Okra
Okra is either one of those vegetables that you love or you simply love to hate. Notorious for its viscous texture when overcooked, okra is actually crunchy, crisp, and absolutely delicious when handled properly. Use our favorite okra recipes for ways to incorporate more of this warm-weather veggie into your healthy diet.
First up is Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. To some, gumbo isn’t gumbo without okra. If you have a lot of fresh okra from your summer harvest and want to freeze some for steaming bowls of spicy gumbo during the winter, choose 3- to 4-inch pods to destem—without cutting into the seed pod—and quickly blanch, drain, and freeze whole. Slice into bite-sized pieces after defrosting slightly, and it’s ready to use in this recipe when you’re sporting sweaters.