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.

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Fuss Free Flavors

Crispy Chickpea Batter Okra

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

Grandbaby Cakes

The Best Succotash

Corn + okra = heaven.

Bunsen Burner Bakery

Spicy Grilled Okra

Crunchy, creamy and totally delicious.

Vegan Richa

Baked Popcorn Okra

Yes, yes, yes a thousand times yes.

Went Here 8 This

Louisiana Seafood Gumbo With Okra

It’s foolproof.

Beyond Me Sustenance

Healthy Cajun-style Charred Okra And Shrimp

Whoa, gluten-free and low-carb.

Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

Fried Okra Salad

At last, a salad we can get behind.

Vanilla and Bean

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

Make a big batch to last you all week.

Dude That Cookz

Pan Seared Salmon With Succotash

Bye, boring side of roasted asparagus.

I Food Blogger

Root and Revel

Easy Healthy Vegetable Soup With Turmeric

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

Cilantro and Citronella

Vegan Fried Okra

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

A Pleasant Little Kitchen

Okra With Caramelized Red Onions And Basil

So elegant.

Simple and Seasonal

Crab, Okra And Gouda Flatbread

Best combo ever.

Spicy Southern Kitchen

Stewed Okra And Tomatoes

With plenty of bacon, of course.

Syrup and Biscuits

Okra Jalapeno Fritters

Finger food is the best food.

A Calculated Whisk

Blistered Okra With Garlic And Cumin

Healthier than fried—but just as addictive.

Omnivores Cookbook

Four-ingredient Okra Stir-fry

A total no-brainer.

Joanne Eats Well with Others

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

Does this count as a grain bowl?

Wil Frolic for Food

Summer Lentil & Okra Gumbo

Satisfying, but not too heavy.

Journey Kitchen

Okra And Onion Stir Fry

Is your mouth watering?

Goodie Savolonte

Jerk Chicken And Okra Rice

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

Southern Boy Dishes

"fried" Chicken, Okra And Tomato Corn Cakes

Piled high with chipotle peaches.

Omnivores Cookbook

Jambalaya Fried Rice

We want to dive in face-first.

Spicy Southern Kitchen

Okra Parmigiana Recipe

Damn, you’re looking fine.

Steele House Kitchen

Blackeyed Peas And Pancetta With Pickled Okra

Ready thy Dutch oven.

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

The Defined Dish

Cajun Oven-roasted Okra Fries With Lemon-garlic Aioli

Potatoes? Hilarious.

Dishes, Not Drama

Southern-style Quinoa Salad With Honey-mustard Vinaigrette

Get in our belly.

Immaculate Bites

Creole Chicken Okra

It comes together in less than an hour.

How to Feed a Loon

Skillet Okra With Garlic

It’s OK to keep things simple, people.

Cilantro and Citronella

Curried Okra

What a masterpiece.

Funny Love

Roasted Tomato Succotash With Okra

Why, yes, it does involve lima beans.

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