Okra Recipes

Enjoy the terrific texture of one of summer's tastiest stars in our favorite okra recipes.

Cooking with Okra

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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.

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Spicy Pickled Okra

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Spicy Pickled Okra 

It's easier than you think to pickle your own okra, and pickling is a great way to make use of an abundant garden harvest. Serve these spicy and crunchy pods as a side dish or part of a relish tray. They're also an unusual garnish for a martini.

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Stewed Okra with Tomatoes and Bacon

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Stewed Okra with Tomatoes and Bacon

This Creole favorite makes the most of summer produce. Stewing okra with tomatoes produces a saucy side that highlights okra's unique flavor and texture. The dish is tasty as is or ladled over white rice.

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Oven-Fried Okra

Oven-Fried Okra

Fried okra is a southern treat. Use your oven to produce a crisp coating without frying.

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Chicken and Okra Stew

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Chicken and Okra Stew

This hearty dish is something like Brunswick stew, that old-fashioned Southern favorite—only the Haitian version is certainly fierier, thanks to the habanero. If you don't like it quite so spicy, use a seeded, minced jalapeño, which is somewhat fruitier and not as powerful.

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Indian-Spiced Okra

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Indian-Spiced Okra

Even folks who usually don't like okra enjoy the taste and texture of this highly seasoned dish. We left the seeds in the chile for moderate spice. Serve with grilled chicken or lamb.

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Grilled Okra and Tomato Skewers

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Grilled Okra and Tomato Skewers

Assemble skewers the night before; brush them with the oil mixture before grilling. Flavor oil mixture with dried ground herbs to suit your taste. Look for okra pods of similar size to assure even grilling.

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Okra, Corn, and Jalapeño Skillet Salsa

Okra, Corn, and Jalapeño Skillet Salsa

Blending prime summer produce, this salsa is great over grilled chicken or pork or with baked tortilla chips. This recipe doubles easily for a crowd.

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Lemon-Macerated Okra and Olives

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Lemon-Macerated Okra and Olives

Try these zesty tidbits in place of peanuts or pretzels at your next party. Or combine with bread, cheese, artichokes, and cold shrimp for an antipasto platter.

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Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté

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Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté

Enjoy the best of summer with this seasonal vegetable sauté. Use parsley or chives in place of cilantro, if you prefer. Garnish with chives.

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