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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.

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Fuss Free Flavors

Crispy Chickpea Batter Okra

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

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Grandbaby Cakes

The Best Succotash

Corn + okra = heaven.

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Bunsen Burner Bakery

Spicy Grilled Okra

Crunchy, creamy and totally delicious.

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Vegan Richa

Baked Popcorn Okra

Yes, yes, yes a thousand times yes.

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Went Here 8 This

Louisiana Seafood Gumbo with Okra

It’s foolproof.

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Beyond Me Sustenance

Healthy Cajun-Style Charred Okra and Shrimp

Whoa, gluten-free and low-carb.

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Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

Fried Okra Salad

At last, a salad we can get behind.

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Vanilla and Bean

Harissa-Stewed Black-Eyed Peas with Okra and Collard Greens

Make a big batch to last you all week.

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Dude That Cookz

Pan Seared Salmon with Succotash

Bye, boring side of roasted asparagus.

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I Food Blogger
Root and Revel

Easy Healthy Vegetable Soup with Turmeric

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

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Cilantro and Citronella

Vegan Fried Okra

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

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A Pleasant Little Kitchen

Okra with Caramelized Red Onions and Basil

So elegant.

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Simple and Seasonal

Crab, Okra and Gouda Flatbread

Best combo ever.

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Spicy Southern Kitchen

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

With plenty of bacon, of course.

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Syrup and Biscuits

Okra Jalapeno Fritters

Finger food is the best food.

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A Calculated Whisk

Blistered Okra with Garlic and Cumin

Healthier than fried—but just as addictive.

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Omnivores Cookbook

Four-Ingredient Okra Stir-Fry

A total no-brainer.

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Joanne Eats Well with Others

Cajun Sweet Potato Salad with Cornmeal-Crusted Okra, Corn and Bell peppers

Does this count as a grain bowl?

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Wil Frolic for Food

Summer Lentil & Okra Gumbo

Satisfying, but not too heavy.

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Journey Kitchen

Okra and Onion Stir Fry

Is your mouth watering?

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Goodie Savolonte

Jerk Chicken and Okra Rice

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

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Southern Boy Dishes

“Fried” Chicken, Okra and Tomato Corn Cakes

Piled high with chipotle peaches.

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Omnivores Cookbook

Jambalaya Fried Rice

We want to dive in face-first.

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Spicy Southern Kitchen

Okra Parmigiana Recipe

Damn, you’re looking fine.

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Steele House Kitchen

Blackeyed Peas and Pancetta with Pickled Okra

Ready thy Dutch oven.

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The Unorthodox Epicure

Classic Southern Fried Okra

You only need four ingredients.

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Local Milk

Grilled Sausage with Roasted Corn and Okra with Goat Cheese

One hearty dinner, coming right up.

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Deep South Mag

Deviled Eggs With Goat Cheese & Pickled Okra

No cocktail party necessary.

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The Defined Dish

Cajun Oven-Roasted Okra Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Potatoes? Hilarious.

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Dishes, Not Drama

Southern-Style Quinoa Salad with Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

Get in our belly.

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Immaculate Bites

Creole Chicken Okra

It comes together in less than an hour.

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How to Feed a Loon

Skillet Okra with Garlic

It’s OK to keep things simple, people.

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Cilantro and Citronella

Curried Okra

What a masterpiece.

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Funny Love

Roasted Tomato Succotash with Okra

Why, yes, it does involve lima beans.

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