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Recipes Using Okra

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These immature seed pods of African origin are a versatile southern favorite, and great in soups and stews. This page contains recipes using okra.


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Easy to make and the whole family loves it!


The amounts are not vitally important. Use your judgment at to what your family will eat.


Put all ingredients except rice in in a large stewpot. Simmer on low for about 1 hour, stirring often to prevent sticking. There is no need to add any oil. You may need to add a little water if it cooks down too thickly. I cook mine until the sausage is done and the okra looks slightly wilted.

Serve over hot cooked rice. Add bread and a small salad to make a complete meal. Leave out the rice if you are diabetic or need a lower carb meal.

Servings: 4-6
Time:15-30 Minutes Preparation Time
1-2 Hours Cooking Time

Source: I got the idea after making okra and tomatoes along with grilled smoked sausage for supper and watching hubby mix all of his together on the plate.


By Frances Adams from Many, LA

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A veggie curry that is tasty, and can be made in advance.



* Garamasala is a sweet/hot blend of eleven spices in delicate proportion of allspice, mace, cardamom, cloves, mustard, black pepper, coriander and cumin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

** Paneer is a fresh, acid-set, non-melting farmer cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or other food acid.

*** Black cumin seeds



Wash, wipe and slit the okras lengthwise.

Mix the cottage cheese, salt, jeera and mustard seeds. Fill the okras with this mixture.

Heat oil and fry on low heat with the slit towards the top in a shallow pan. Remove from oil and place on paper towel. Heat the same oil and fry onion and curry leaves. Add the remaining spices and ginger and garlic.

Braise for few seconds and add the tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes till soft with some sauce then add the okras. Cover the okras with the chutney and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with rice or puri.

Servings: 5
Time:15-20 Minutes Preparation Time
20-25 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: Vegetarians enjoy this dish and we make it home.

By Dorothy from SA

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  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. bacon drippings
  • 2 cans tomatoes or 6-8 fresh tomatoes, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
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  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp. seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 lb. okra, sliced


Saute' onion and green pepper in bacon drippings until transparent. Add tomatoes and seasonings. Simmer 45 minutes. Add okra and cook for 15 minutes or until okra is tender but not limp.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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February 17, 2005

Spray baking dish with Pam. Add okra, vegetable. oil, Ro-Tel tomatoes, onion, pepper, salt & pepper. Cover loosely with foil. Mix and bake, stirring occasionally, 1 hour at 400F. Sprinkle (pre-mixed) chips & crumbs last 10 minutes and uncover to lightly brown.

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I am looking for okra recipes, other than breaded, if there is such a thing even? A friend gave me a bunch and thought I would give them a try.


Theresa from Mount Olive


July 1, 20080 found this helpful

I put okra in curry and stew. We also eat it raw.


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By Nance (Guest Post)
July 1, 20080 found this helpful

It can also be pickled, in brine with garlic and dill. Yum!

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July 1, 20080 found this helpful

I cut up okra and saute it in a small amount of olive oil along with whatever else I may have growing in the garden. We call it garden ratatouille.

Okra, squash, tomatoes, onions, garlic, green beans, or whatever veggie is available. Cut it all up into bite size pieces and saute in olive oil until done, perhaps 15 minutes.

This is one of our favorite dishes during the summer and we eat lots of it!

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July 1, 20080 found this helpful

It's good in gumbo, soup & smothered in a fry pan with a little water, some chopped tomatoes & onions, & a tablespoon or so of vinegar to cut the slime. Cook until done.

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
July 1, 20080 found this helpful

I like boiled okra every one on a while. If I have any left over, the next day I add flour and what ever seasonings Im in the mood for and make okra patties.


Just fry them up like potato cakes.

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By Barb. from Alaska (Guest Post)
July 1, 20080 found this helpful

Being from the south this is the way I was taught.

1) Wash and cut up your okra. Saute in melted butter with onion, salt and pepper till tender.
2) Wash and cut up. Dredge in corn meal or flour. Deep fry till golden brown, drain well and serve.

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July 2, 20080 found this helpful

Go to, there are over 200 different recipes for okra.

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By Sharon From Fl (Guest Post)
July 2, 20080 found this helpful

Partially boil the okra in a little water, add diced or stewed tomatoes (I like rotelle for this purpose). Than add a spring of rosemary and a little mrs. dash. Simmer till done.

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July 4, 20080 found this helpful

I love pickled okra. Wash them, pierce each with a knife, pack into canning jars, and use your favorite brine recipe (from homemade pickles), then process. YUM!

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July 7, 20080 found this helpful

The secret to good okra if you don't care for the slimy consistency, is to saute it in olive oil first, then add other ingredients. I usually add chopped onion and bell pepper, and continue to saute it. Then I may add a chopped green tomato. Sometimes we eat it this way, and sometimes I also add a couple chopped ripe tomatoes and simmer it for a few minutes.Season it to taste.
Harlean from Arkansas

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By sharon (Guest Post)
July 24, 20080 found this helpful

I just stir-fry up bite size pieces in butter until getting crispy. If over cooked, they shriveled a lot. If undercooked, they are too slimy for me. lol.

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