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Okra and Okra Recipes

Updated on February 1, 2015

Okra and Okra Recipes

Okra is a vegetable that has been around since the ancient Egyptians began cultivating it in the 12th century B. C. The vegetable is quite sensitive to cold and now is found almost worldwide in warm climates. In the U. S., okra is commonly associated in Southern, Cajun, and Creole cooking since it was initially introduced to the southern United States.

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Okra, (known in many English-speaking countries as lady's fingers or gumbo) is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods.

The species is an annual or perennial, growing to 6 feet tall. It is related to such species as cotton, cocoa, and hibiscus. The leaves are 4-8 inches long and broad, palmately lobed with 5-7 lobes. The flowers are 2-5 inches in diameter, with five white to yellow petals, often with a red or purple spot at the base of each petal. The fruit is a capsule up to 7 inches long, containing numerous....(read more at Wikipedia)

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Okra, Corn and Tomatoes

Here is a okra based dish that utilizes frozen okra. Cooking and prep time is about one hour.


2 slices bacon, chopped

1 medium onion,

chopped 1 (10 ounce) package frozen cut okra

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes,

drained 1 (20 ounce) package frozen corn

1 teaspoon ground cumin

powder salt and pepper to taste


Place bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir to release some of the juices, then add the onion and okra. Fry until tender and browned, stirring constantly. Be careful, as this tends to brown quickly.

Pour in the tomatoes, and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Mix in the corn, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Season with cumin, salt and pepper, and serve.

'Classic' Pickled Okra

This very quick and easy traditional pickled okra recipe yields three pints. Complete prep time is about one hour.


1 1/2 pounds fresh okra

3 dried red chile peppers

3 teaspoons dried dill

3 cloves garlic

2 cups water

1 cup vinegar

2 tablespoons salt


*Divide the fresh okra evenly amongst three one pint jars. Place one dried chile, one garlic clove, and one teaspoon of dill into each jar.

*In a medium saucepan, combine the water, vinegar and salt. Bring to a full, rolling boil. Pour over the ingredients in the jars, and seal in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

*Refrigerate jars after opening.

Roasted Okra

If you are looking for a "lighter" way to cook your okra then this simple baked recipe is a great way to enjoy okra without the frying.


18 fresh okra pods, sliced 1/3 inch thick

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste

2 teaspoons black pepper, or to taste


*Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F.

*Arrange the okra slices in one layer on a foil lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

*Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Skillet Fried Okra

Here is an easy, sure-to-please way to prepare okra on your stove-top by frying in vegetable oil.


10 pods okra, sliced in 1/4 inch pieces

1 egg, beaten

1 cup cornmeal

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup vegetable oil


*In a small bowl, soak okra in egg for 5 to 10 minutes.

*In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper.

*Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

*Dredge okra in the cornmeal mixture, coating evenly. Carefully place okra in hot oil; stir continuously. Reduce heat to medium when okra first starts to brown, and cook until golden.

*Drain on paper towels.

Okra can be quite slimy. To avoid excess slime, trim the off the ends and avoid puncturing the okra capsule.

You can also minimize the slime factor by not overcooking the okra.

Crispy Fried Bhindi Okra Recipe


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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I grew some okra in my garden this year, and I am pickling some today! Great lens . . . I have always loved okra.

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      when I was living in Florida, I made a lot of seafood gumbo... back in the midwest, we mostly eat it deep fried! I like a honey mustard dipping sauce:)

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      Nice -- I have some okra so I was looking for ideas. Thanks. :)

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      Great vegetable.Thanks for sharings

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      Char Milbrett 6 years ago from Minnesota

      we eat it deep fried. Flour, egg, cracker crumb. [Most of the time, we cheat and use Shore lunch, twice]

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm an okra fan and enjoy growing it in my backyard garden. I'll have to try your recipes.

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like Okra and we ate it quite often when I was in Goa, India. Since I moved to Canada the only time I eat it is at an Indian restaurant called Bombay Bhel. They make a very delicious Okra dish full of herbs and spices. Gonna have to try your recipes sometime. Well done lens! **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Well, I have tried okra but never acquired a real taste for it ...

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      growing okra is surprising easy, and you end up with quite a lot. can't wait to try some of the featured recipes.