35 Okra Recipes Every Southerner Will Love

Every good Southerner has a love affair with okra that the rest of the country can’t quite understand. Why? Because most people don’t know how to cook it. You, on the other hand, have a handful of slime-busting tricks up your sleeve (from selecting small pods to cooking over high heat). You know that it’s the king of the vegetable kingdom—especially when it’s fried. Here, 35 finger-licking ways to prepare it.

26 Southern Recipes Everyone on Earth Should Make

crispy chickpea batter okra recipe
Fuss Free Flavors

Crispy Chickpea Batter Okra

Flavored with chili powder, ground turmeric and cumin seeds (yum).

the best succotash recipe
Grandbaby Cakes

The Best Succotash

Corn + okra = heaven.

spicy grilled okra recipe
Bunsen Burner Bakery

Spicy Grilled Okra

Crunchy, creamy and totally delicious.

vegan baked popcorn okra recipe
Vegan Richa

Baked Popcorn Okra

Yes, yes, yes a thousand times yes.

louisiana seafood gumbo okra recipe
Went Here 8 This

Louisiana Seafood Gumbo With Okra

It’s foolproof.

healthy cajun style charred okra shrimp recipe
Beyond Me Sustenance

Healthy Cajun-style Charred Okra And Shrimp

Whoa, gluten-free and low-carb.

fried okra salad recipe
Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

Fried Okra Salad

At last, a salad we can get behind.

harissa stewed black eyed peas okra collard greens recipe
Vanilla and Bean

Harissa-stewed Black-eyed Peas With Okra And Collard Greens

Make a big batch to last you all week.

pan seared salmon succotash recipe
Dude That Cookz

Pan Seared Salmon With Succotash

Bye, boring side of roasted asparagus.

pan fried chicken thighs okra blackberries recipe
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healthy vegetable soup recipe
Root and Revel

Easy Healthy Vegetable Soup With Turmeric

This detox concoction is vegetarian, Paleo and gluten-free.

vegan fried okra recipe
Cilantro and Citronella

Vegan Fried Okra

Ready to change the mind of even the biggest okra skeptic.

okra with caremlized red onions basil recipe
A Pleasant Little Kitchen

Okra With Caramelized Red Onions And Basil

So elegant.

crab okra gouda flatbread recipe
Simple and Seasonal

Crab, Okra And Gouda Flatbread

Best combo ever.

stewed okra tomatoes recipe
Spicy Southern Kitchen

Stewed Okra And Tomatoes

With plenty of bacon, of course.

okra jalapeno fritters recipe
Syrup and Biscuits

Okra Jalapeno Fritters

Finger food is the best food.

blistered okra garlic cumin recipe
A Calculated Whisk

Blistered Okra With Garlic And Cumin

Healthier than fried—but just as addictive.

four ingredient okra stir fry recipe
Omnivores Cookbook

Four-ingredient Okra Stir-fry

A total no-brainer.

cajun sweet potato salad cornmeal crusted okra recipe
Joanne Eats Well with Others

Cajun Sweet Potato Salad With Cornmeal-crusted Okra, Corn And Bell Peppers

Does this count as a grain bowl?

summer lentil okra gumbo recipe
Wil Frolic for Food

Summer Lentil & Okra Gumbo

Satisfying, but not too heavy.

okra onion stir fry recipe
Journey Kitchen

Okra And Onion Stir Fry

Is your mouth watering?

jerk chicken and okra rice recipe
Goodie Savolonte

Jerk Chicken And Okra Rice

Looks tough to make. (Good news: it’s not).

fried chicken okra tomato corn cakes recipe
Southern Boy Dishes

"fried" Chicken, Okra And Tomato Corn Cakes

Piled high with chipotle peaches.

jambalaya fried rice recipe
Omnivores Cookbook

Jambalaya Fried Rice

We want to dive in face-first.

okra parmigiana recipe
Spicy Southern Kitchen

Okra Parmigiana Recipe

Damn, you’re looking fine.

blackeyed peas pancetta pickled okra recipe
Steele House Kitchen

Blackeyed Peas And Pancetta With Pickled Okra

Ready thy Dutch oven.

classic southern fried okra recipe
The Unorthodox Epicure

Classic Southern Fried Okra

You only need four ingredients.

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grilled sausage roasted corn okra goat cheese recipe
Local Milk

Grilled Sausage With Roasted Corn And Okra With Goat Cheese

One hearty dinner, coming right up.

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deviled eggs goat cheese pickled okra recipe
Deep South Mag

Deviled Eggs With Goat Cheese & Pickled Okra

cajun oven roasted okra fries lemon garlic aioli recipe
The Defined Dish

Cajun Oven-roasted Okra Fries With Lemon-garlic Aioli

Potatoes? Hilarious.

southern style quinoa salad honey mustard vinaigrette recipe
Dishes, Not Drama

Southern-style Quinoa Salad With Honey-mustard Vinaigrette

Get in our belly.

creole chicken okra recipe
Immaculate Bites

Creole Chicken Okra

It comes together in less than an hour.

skillet okra with garlic recipe
How to Feed a Loon

Skillet Okra With Garlic

It’s OK to keep things simple, people.

curried okra recipe
Cilantro and Citronella

Curried Okra

What a masterpiece.

roasted tomato succotash with okra recipe
Funny Love

Roasted Tomato Succotash With Okra

Why, yes, it does involve lima beans.

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