11 Amazing Ways to Cook with Okra (That Go Way Beyond Gumbo)
While there are plenty of green veggies to choose from in the produce aisle, okra sometimes goes unnoticed. We’re here with a bold proclamation: it deserves your full attention! Okra has often been mislabeled as one-note both flavor-wise and texturally, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. “Okra deserves much more love than it gets,” writes our culinary producer Nicole in her recipe for roasted okra.
While the beloved Southern vegetable is slender and small — only growing about 3 to 4 inches max — man does it pack a punch. For the home cook, it serves as a canvas for tons of delicious recipes, whether satisfying vegetarian meals and side dishes that range in preparation: simmered, stewed, fried, and even pickled!
To get you on your way to becoming an okra optimist, we gathered 11 of our favorite okra recipes to make this simple, earthy, and very versatile vegetable come to life.