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How To Cook Okra

Every Southern cook has a favorite fried okra recipe, but we think ours is out-of-this world. Try our Fried Okra recipe tonight for a classic Southern side. - Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas
Every Southern cook has a favorite fried okra recipe, but we think ours is out-of-this world. Try our Fried Okra recipe tonight for a classic Southern side. Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Welcome back to the Farm Stand, your weekly guide to seasonal Southern produce.

Today's post is brought to you by okra, our region's beloved, witch-fingered vegetable that has managed to scare off such Yankees as horror novelist Stephen King (according to his friend writer Roy Blount Jr.).

Sure it's seedy, some say slimy, even snotty, but that hasn't stopped us Southerners from enjoying it fried, in gumbos, stewed with tomatoes, put up in blue jars, and grilled for a good 200+ years. Besides, when have a few ill-informed comments ever stopped us from enjoying ourselves?

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But if you're just starting out on the road to embracing okra, there are ways to make that journey easier. Just follow our okra appreciation guide below.

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Okra Recipes to Make

Fret not, pod-fearing. If there is one hand you should hold as you continue down the road to true okra acceptance, it's ours. Try some of our okra recipes and let us know your favorite way to cook with it.

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