It's summertime, which means one thing - it's okra season! This often-overlooked vegetable is a Southern favorite, and there are countless ways to prepare it.
Okra is a versatile vegetable that can be cooked in many different ways, even if you dislike its signature slimy texture. You can fry it, boil it, or bake it and add it to soups or stews.
Are you ready to give okra a try this season?
Okra has a unique, slightly sweet, mildly grassy flavor that becomes more intense the longer it is cooked. Okra stays crisp and crunchy if cooked quickly but can become tender and creamy.
Okra is more famous for its slimy texture rather than its taste. In fact, okra's sliminess is a deciding factor for many people when it comes to cooking with it. Some people love the slippery okra texture, and some find it unpleasant.
The slime in okra is called mucilage, a gelatinous substance that helps the seedpod retain water. The mucilage in okra is the reason why it is so commonly used to thicken soups, stews, and the famous Southern Gumbo.
Pro-tip: If you are not a fan of the slimy texture of okra, roasting helps dry out the insides.
Okra is common in Southern, African, and South-East Asian cuisine and is also known as "lady's fingers" for its long elegant shape.
Okra might be one of the most under-appreciated vegetables around. Here are some great ways to eat this summer vegetable.
Say goodbye to slimy okra when you drizzle it with olive oil, season, and roast in a hot oven—a delicious healthy snack or as a side.
Stir-fried okra enveloped in savory, spicy curry flavor.
A wholesome, flavorful dinner that feeds a crowd. Rich in plant-based protein, this gumbo is filling and nourishing with the addition of lentils!
Lightly cooked okra in a delicious coating of Indian spices will not disappoint.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes loaded with Okra, Eggplant, Corn, Peppers, and Feta Cheese!
Tomatoes and okra are stewed in a slightly spicy tomato sauce and topped with savory, herb-flecked chicken croquettes. The croquettes are crisp and crunchy on the outside but tender and juicy inside, making them a perfect contrast to the tender stewed vegetables.
This meal combines gingered tofu with okra, tomato, and turmeric to make a fantastic meal every vegetarian can enjoy.
A southern combination of Farro and sweet peppers mixed with okra and peanuts to honor its African cuisine heritage.
This traditional dish always brings back childhood memories for Victor Vieira. Tender chicken thighs and crunchy okra cooking in a warm, perfectly spiced sauce. It's simple, comforting, and delicious!