Our Best Okra Recipes Will Prove Once and For All That It's Not Just for Gumbo
Whether fried, pickled, or grilled, no other vegetable tastes quite like okra. Every Southerner has their favorite okra dish, and we’ve rounded up the best okra recipes we could find to showcase this traditional Southern veggie. Try Pickled Okra for an addictive, tangy treat. Add another popular Southern ingredient and you have our Fried Pecan Okra, which uses crushed pecans to make a crisp outer coating. Get out the grill, and make okra an easy and delicious appetizer with our recipe for Peppery Grilled Okra with Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce. From main dishes to sides, our best okra recipes offer creative, tasty options for every day of the week. With the help of these okra ideas—and a few inspired flavors—we think you’ll find a new family-favorite okra recipe to share at your table this summer.
How To Make Sliced Fried Okra
Learn how simple it is to fry up this Southern classic.
Pan-Fried Okra with Cornmeal
Recipe: Pan-Fried Okra with Cornmeal
Cooking in two skillets, or two batches, will allow the okra to get extra crispy.
Okra and Rice Casserole
Recipe: Okra and Rice Casserole
This casserole is simple to make, but is still packed with an amazing amount of flavor.
Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Pickled Okra
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Pickled Okra
Two Southern classics come together to create one delicious dish.
Field Peas, Corn, and Okra in Country-Ham Cream
Recipe: Field Peas, Corn, and Okra in Country-Ham Cream
Serve these fresh summer veggies alongside skillet cornbread for a meal to remember.
Classic Okra and Tomatoes
Recipe: Classic Okra and Tomatoes
This essential summer side is the perfect pair.
Skillet-Roasted Okra and Shrimp
Recipe: Skillet-Roasted Okra and Shrimp
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: Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs
A mixture of lemon juice, hot sauce, and melted butter pack these kebabs with flavor.
Recipe: Okra-and-Potato Hash
If you don’t' have all these spices in your pantry, salt and pepper will work just fine.
Recipe: Charred Okra
Store precooked okra in the fridge in a zip-top plastic bag.
Okra and Chickpeas in Fresh Tomato Sauce
Recipe: Okra and Chickpeas in Fresh Tomato Sauce
A tangy tomato sauce lightly covers the fresh ingredients in this recipe.
Roasted Potato-and-Okra Salad
Recipe: Roasted Potato-and-Okra Salad
This side dish is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Fried Pecan Okra
Recipe: Fried Pecan Okra
Crushed pecans and baking mix form the crisp breading for this classic Southern-style side.
Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Recipe: Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Even though this dinner is made in one pot, it makes 12 servings.
Recipe: Okra Panzanella
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.
Smashed Fried Okra
Recipe: Smashed Fried Okra
What a revelation! Use a meat mallet to smash okra and create more surface area for crispy-brown goodness. Try this at home.
Grilled Creole Chicken and Okra
Recipe: Grilled Creole Chicken and Okra
Use your grill to elevate the flavor of these fresh ingredients.
Tomato-and-Okra Cornmeal Cakes
Recipe: Tomato-and-Okra Cornmeal Cakes
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.
Pickled Okra and Shrimp Salad
Recipe: Pickled Okra and Shrimp Salad
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.
Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux
Recipe: Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux
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.
Shrimp-and-Okra Hush Puppies
Recipe: Shrimp-and-Okra Hush Puppies
Creole seasoning, okra, and shrimp add a delightful Southern taste and texture to these addictive cornbread bites.
Fried Okra Salad
Recipe: Okra Creole
Serve flavorful Okra Creole with bacon, veggies, and spices as a side or over rice for an easy entrée.
Peppery Grilled Okra With Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce
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.
Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup
Recipe: Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup
Okra can be enjoyed year-round.
Recipe: Best-Ever Succotash
The ultimate summer side: succotash.