Our 12 Best Okra Recipes
Okra is a signature Southern ingredient whether fried, pickled, or grilled. Savor this veggie with some of our favorite okra recipes.
Okra thrives in the scorching heat of humid summers, soaring skyward in its semitropical glory. Originally from Africa, it is as overtly Southern as sweet tea and kudzu. Luckily for us, we have the inside secret when it comes to the delectable pods—no other people embrace okra as Southerners do.
Crushed pecans and baking mix form the crisp breading for this classic Southern-style side.
Recipe: Fried Pecan Okra
Use fresh corn and okra in this Maque Choux dish for best results. If you don't like spicy food you can easily sub the hot sausage for a milder version to fit your tastes.
Recipe: Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux
Serve flavorful Okra Creole with bacon, veggies, and spices as a side or over rice for an easy entrée.
Recipe: Okra Creole
Grilling really brings out the flavor of this favorite Southern side. Serve the grilled okra on wooden skewers with a side of Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce.
Pickled okra and shrimp make a perfect combination for a fresh salad. Try this recipe for dinner tonight with a side of cheesy French bread.
Recipe: Pickled Okra and Shrimp Salad
Creole seasoning, okra, and shrimp add a delightful Southern taste and texture to these addictive cornbread bites.
Recipe: Shrimp-and-Okra Hush Puppies
What a revelation! Use a meat mallet to smash okra and create more surface area for crispy-brown goodness. Try this at home.
Recipe: Smashed Fried Okra
Adapted from Virginia Willis' book, Okra, published by The University of North Carolina Press, this fast sauté is great over grits or a bed of arugula.
Recipe: Skillet-Roasted Okra and Shrimp
A colorful blend of fried okra, chopped fresh tomatoes, red onion, and fresh basil make Okra Panzanella a delicious choice for a savory Southern dish.
Recipe: Okra Panzanella
Choose tomatoes that are about 1½ inches in diameter. If okra isn't quite in season, you can leave it out. Also, in place of pimiento cheese, you can try soft goat cheese, sheep's milk ricotta, or whipped cream cheese
- Recipe: Tomato-and-Okra Cornmeal Cakes