A polarizing vegetable because of its, er, slime potential, okra is one of the highlights of the late-summer market. For an okra experience that’s low on the slime scale, here’s the rule: The more parts of the vegetable you expose to dry heat, the less gooey it will be. Here are 11 dishes to make with okra, from most slimy to least.
1. Gumbo. This Louisiana dish is probably what’s given okra its slimy reputation—the vegetable is sliced and simmered so all of its goo leaches out. Believe or not, that goo has a purpose: It thickens the stew into something magical.
2. Quick vegetable stew. Thickly slice okra and cook it briefly with tomatoes so it’s tender but not overly slimy.