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Dec 19, 2008 03:06 AM

How to de-slime okra dish

My husband has made dishes with okra in them before in a way that one didn't notice the okra slime. However, in the dish he made last night the slime was very obvious to me. I made it through supper but...there are leftovers. Any tips for something I can add to the dish to reduce the slime factor? The dish includes carrots, chickpeas, corn, okra, tomatoes, cocoa, and spices. TIA

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  1. Sauté the okra until it de-slimes itself. It usually takes about 10 to 12 minutes.

    1. I almost always make my okra with tomato and somehow there isn't any slime, maybe the acidity cuts it? Try sauteeing it lightly with some tomatoes (caramelized first a bit for flavour?)

      1. This recipe contains tomatoes as did the one he made where the sliminess was either gone or masked. The okra in this dish were frozen, I don't remember if he used fresh okra or frozen for the slime-free recipe.
        My plan at this stage is to discourage him from buying okra in the future

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        1. re: lgss

          Ohh.. strange. Were they nice delicate baby okra or the really big ones with big seeds inside? Because I find that makes a huge difference in the slime, the big ones usually have a lot.

            1. re: lgss

              I see, I'm not sure if there are two types of okra or what but some of them are chubby and dark green (kind of furry) and then the others are light green and long and skinny with long sort of caps, the others have short caps. I prefer the light greens as they're tender and yummy.