Okra Recipes



Unfortunately, most Americans don't flock to okra. Outside of the South, it's rarely eaten and rarely missed. But if you've ever had traditional gumbo, then you've likely enjoyed this little plant, which can be used to thicken the dish in addition to roux. While many people steer clear of okra because of its reputation for sliminess, okra can be prepared in delicious ways that will make you forget why you hated it in the first place. F&W's guide to okra covers everything from Southern favorites to new Indian recipes.

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Okra Tempura with Lime "Fonzu" Dipping Sauce
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For those who aren't fond of okra's gooey quality, there are two surefire ways to keep it in check: high-heat cooking and a dose of acid. Executive Editor Karen Shimizu's recipe for okra tempura with a zippy dipping sauce incorporates both. The "fonzu" sauce—inspired by ponzu—uses lime juice instead of harder-to-find yuzu and a shortcut of fish sauce instead of steeping in katsuobushi. Scoring the okra from the tip almost all the way to the stem before frying it provides more surface area for the tempura batter to cling to, for extra crunch, while leaving the okra substantial enough to stay tender on the inside.
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Blistered Okra with Dill-Coriander Lebneh
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Okra lovers will rejoice in this elegant and delicious recipe from F&W's Kay Chun. Brining okra gives it extra flavor, while serving it in a bright and tangy sauce made with lebneh (the soft, creamy cheese made from strained yogurt) really brings the dish together. Slideshow:  More Okra Recipes 
Pork Tenderloin with Fried Okra and Pickled Watermelon
For this Southern-inspired dish, Elliot gives pork tenderloin incredible flavor with a quick brine in sweet tea and aromatic spices.More Delicious Pork RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook
Charred Okra Relish
Stephanie Izard makes this supersimple Asian-inspired relish to serve alongside grilled meat. Slideshow: More Condiment Recipes 
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Roasted Sweet Potato and Okra Salad
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Marcus Samuelsson drew on African staples like yams and okra to create this completely original recipe of roasted sweet potatoes tossed with red potatoes, wilted spinach and sautéed okra. Toasted mustard seeds and a caper vinaigrette give this delicious salad a nutty, tangy flavor. More Sweet Potato Recipes