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Jun 20, 2013 05:41 AM

Favorite Okra recipes?

Where I am, okra appears to just be in season. These are the tinier Middle Eastern okra - and while I have a classic slow cook with tomatoes recipe I really like - I'm looking for other dishes.

What are other great recipes using okra?

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  1. Battered with egg and cormeal and fried. Serve with chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and cream gravy. After the meal, call your cardiologist.

    1. I can't get enough of this pan roasted salad when okra and corn are fresh. I add sliced or slivered green or red chile peppers.

      1. Another great okra recipe is gumbo. I used this recipe:

        Two things: I halved it successfully -- as written it's enough to feed a family of four for a week. Also, proper mis en place is critical. Once the roux is formed, things happen very quickly -- no time to stop and chop onions.

        1. It is great stir-fried with shrimp. Quickly brown shrimp and remove from pan. Add sliced okra, garlic, ginger and sliced fresh hot chiles and cook until okra are barely getting tender. Add a sprinkling of sugar, lots of lime juice and a little fish sauce or soy sauce. Add the shrimp back to finish. I've added a little black bean sauce, too. The sugar and lime juice seem to grab onto the little bit of "slime" that comes from the okra to make a very good sauce.

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          1. I love the slow cook with tomatoes recipe so much that I don't know why you or I would need another recipe ;-)

            I've had okra in soup and I don't really like that, but I guess someone does.

            cornmeal crusted fried okra is good, but the small okra you have isn't for that and would be a shame to ruin them that way.

            I recommend a tweak on your stewed okra with tomato recipe even though it probably doesn't need it. maybe a new spice added to it? Cumin? Coriander?

            gumbo is always a good recipe, but, again, the tiny beauties you got may or may not be what gumbo needs.

            All the best! Happy Cooking!

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            1. re: Gastronomos

              My slow cooked with tomatoes already involves cumin and coriander.....I've also had it before with lamb added. Never made it that way - but it sure is yummy.

              I just want to make the most of the season and try something new :)

              1. re: cresyd

                If you already make bamia bil zayt and you've had bamia bil lahm here are a few somewhat different ideas.
                African peanut stew:
                Okra salad:
                Smothered okra:
                Okra macque choux:
                Turkish chicken and okra stew:
                Turkish okra and chickpeas:

                1. re: cresyd

                  I see. well, pickled okra is probably one of my best suggestions, and also this classic and traditional Mediterranean recipe doesn't include lamb, but chicken and allspice: