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Feb 16, 2005 01:26 PM

ideas for okra

  • j

i love okra, but when i prepare it, it's usually a quick sautee and results in the slimy consistency that can make okra less appealing. any ideas on other ways to prepare it? i'm hip to deep frying it, but am looking to other methods. thanks.

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  1. We roast it in the oven with other vegetables. Bush it lightly with oil and salt if you want. Set oven at 350 to 400 degrees and check after 10 to 15 minutes. We've only used fresh okra from the Union Square farmers' market. I believe that it wonÂ’t be available again till next summer.

    1. A very traditional southern way is to cut it up and mix in cornmeal and pan fry it that way - the corn meal absorbs the slimyness and the result is downright crispy. Also make sure that you wipe each pod to remove the hairs rather than wash them. Could just be one of those mushroom myth things, but washing without thorough drying keeps it from being nice and crisp.

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      1. re: applehome

        Cornmeal is how my mom always did it and it was very tasty.

        Homemade toasted breadcrumbs might be good too.

      2. Bhindi masala (an okra curry) is great. There's a link below.

        Also, haven't you made a gumbo ever? That's what okra was born for. I put in shrimp, andouille sausage, and sometimes some chicken.


        1. Here is a link to a Paula Deen recipe for Okra Fry Bread. I made it last night for the first time. I used part frozen okra and part fresh. It is good, but needs more seasoning - perhaps Indian or Creole spices. Enjoy.