Okra is a signature Southern ingredient whether fried, pickled, or grilled. Savor this veggie with some of our favorite okra recipes.
Whether fried, pickled, or grilled, no other vegetable tastes quite like okra. Every Southerner has their favorite okra dish, and we’ve rounded up the best okra recipes we could find to showcase this traditional Southern veggie. Try Pickled Okra for an addictive, tangy treat. Add another popular Southern ingredient and you have our Fried Pecan Okra, which uses crushed pecans to make a crisp outer coating. Get out the grill, and make okra an easy and delicious appetizer with our recipe for Peppery Grilled Okra with Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce. From main dishes to sides, our best okra recipes offer creative, tasty options for every day of the week. With the help of these okra ideas—and a few inspired flavors—we think you’ll find a new family-favorite okra recipe to share at your table this summer.
Fried Pecan Okra
Recipe: Fried Pecan Okra
Okra thrives in the scorching heat of humid summers, soaring skyward in its semitropical glory. Originally from Africa, it is as overtly Southern as sweet tea and kudzu. Luckily for us, we have the inside secret when it comes to the delectable pods—no other people embrace okra as Southerners do. Crushed pecans and baking mix form the crisp breading for this classic Southern-style side.
Recipe: Okra Panzanella
A colorful blend of fried okra, chopped fresh tomatoes, red onion, and fresh basil make Okra Panzanella a delicious choice for a savory Southern dish.
Smashed Fried Okra
Recipe: Smashed Fried Okra
What a revelation! Use a meat mallet to smash okra and create more surface area for crispy-brown goodness. Try this at home.
Tomato-and-Okra Cornmeal Cakes
Recipe: Tomato-and-Okra Cornmeal Cakes
Choose tomatoes that are about 1½ inches in diameter. If okra isn't quite in season, you can leave it out. Also, in place of pimiento cheese, you can try soft goat cheese, sheep's milk ricotta, or whipped cream cheese.
Skillet-Roasted Okra and Shrimp
Recipe: Skillet-Roasted Okra and Shrimp
Adapted from Virginia Willis' book, Okra, published by The University of North Carolina Press, this fast sauté is great over grits or a bed of arugula.
Pickled Okra and Shrimp Salad
Recipe: Pickled Okra and Shrimp Salad
Pickled okra and shrimp make a perfect combination for a fresh salad. Try this recipe for dinner tonight with a side of cheesy French bread.
Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux
Recipe: Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux
Use fresh corn and okra in this Maque Choux dish for best results. If you don't like spicy food you can easily sub the hot sausage for a milder version to fit your tastes.
Shrimp-and-Okra Hush Puppies
Recipe: Shrimp-and-Okra Hush Puppies
Creole seasoning, okra, and shrimp add a delightful Southern taste and texture to these addictive cornbread bites.
Fried Okra Salad
Recipe: Okra Creole
Serve flavorful Okra Creole with bacon, veggies, and spices as a side or over rice for an easy entrée.
Peppery Grilled Okra With Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce
Grilling really brings out the flavor of this favorite Southern side. Serve the grilled okra on wooden skewers with a side of Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce.