9 Recipes That Will Make You Fall in Love with Okra

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Okra is finally getting the attention it deserves! This misunderstood vegetable has a bad reputation for being slimy but cooked properly, it’s delicious. If you’re not sure how to cook okra or what to make with it, don’t worry. I’ve got 9 recipes that will make you fall in love with okra. From appetizers to main courses, there’s something for everyone here. So get your hands on some fresh okra and let’s get cooking!

1. Okra Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:

– 1 cup cubed watermelon

– 1 cup chopped okra

– 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

– 2 tsp honey

– 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, okra, vinegar, honey, and salt.

2. Toss to evenly coat.

3. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

2. Grilled Okra with Cajun Spice Rub

Ingredients:

– 1 lb okra, trimmed

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 2 tsp Cajun spice rub

– 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2. In a large bowl, toss the okra with olive oil, Cajun spice rub, and salt.

3. Grill for 5-7 minutes per side, or until tender and slightly charred.

4. Serve immediately.

3. Roasted Okra with Garlic Parmesan Sauce

Ingredients:

– 1 lb okra, trimmed and halved

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 1/4 tsp black pepper

– 1/2 cup garlic Parmesan sauce

Directions:

1. preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, toss the okra with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

3. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until tender and slightly browned.

4. Remove from oven and drizzle with garlic Parmesan sauce. Serve immediately.

4. Fried Okra

Ingredients:

– 1 lb okra, trimmed and halved

– 1 cup buttermilk

– 1 cup cornmeal

– 1/4 tsp salt

– 1/4 tsp black pepper

– Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, soak okra in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes.

2. In a shallow dish, mix together cornmeal, salt, and pepper.

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

4. Working in batches, dredge okra in cornmeal mixture and add to the hot oil. Fry for 3-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.

5. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

5. Curried Okra Soup

Ingredients:

– 1 tbsp olive oil

– 1 onion, diced

– 3 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 lb okra, trimmed and sliced

– 2 tsp curry powder

– 1/2 tsp ground ginger

– 1/4 tsp salt

– 1/4 tsp black pepper

– 4 cups of vegetable broth

– 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

– 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

– 1/2 cup heavy cream

– Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

Directions:

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Add okra, curry powder, ginger, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes longer.

3. Stir in vegetable broth, tomatoes, and chickpeas. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Stir in heavy cream and cook for 2 minutes longer.

5. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.

6. Okra and Tomato Stew

Ingredients:

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 1 onion, diced

– 3 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 lb okra, trimmed and sliced

– 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

– 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

– 1/4 tsp salt

– 1/4 tsp black pepper

– 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Add okra and cook for 2 minutes longer.

3. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Stir in parsley leaves and cook for 2 minutes longer.

5. Ladle stew into bowls and serve immediately.

7. Sauteed Okra with Bacon

Ingredients:

– 1 lb okra, trimmed and sliced

– 4 slices of bacon, diced

– 1/4 tsp salt

– 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp.

2. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

3. Add okra to the bacon fat and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until tender and slightly browned.

4. Stir in bacon and cook for 2 minutes longer.

5. Serve immediately.

8. Creamed Okra

Ingredients:

– 1 lb okra, trimmed and sliced

– 4 tbsp butter

– 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

– 2 cups of milk

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 1/4 tsp black pepper

– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

– 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.

2. Stir in milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes.

3. Stir in okra, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until okra is tender.

4. Stir in Cheddar cheese and cook for 2 minutes longer.

5. Serve immediately.

9. Okra and Corn Salad

Ingredients:

– 1 lb okra, trimmed and sliced

– 2 cups frozen corn, thawed

– 1/4 cup diced red onion

– 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper

– 1/4 cup diced celery

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 1/4 tsp black pepper

– 1/4 cup white vinegar

– 1/4 cup olive oil

– 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix together okra, corn, red onion, green bell pepper, celery, salt, and black pepper.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, and parsley leaves. Pour over okra mixture and toss to coat.

3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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