6 Best (Slime-Free!) Okra Recipes

How to Cook Okra Without the "Slime"

Okra at Market

The Spruce / Molly Watson

These easy, delicious recipes are for people who think they don't like okra or those who already know how delicious okra is. When stewed or cooked with liquid, okra can get "slimy." Quick cooking and dry heat, however, let the crisp, grassy flavor of fresh okra shine through without that slime effect.

  • 01 of 06

    Fried Okra

    Fried Okra

    The Spruce/ Molly Watson

    Fried okra is a classic for a good reason. A light cornmeal coating on the pods and a quick dunk in hot oil make fried okra crispy, a wee bit crunchy, and completely delicious. Some people like to chop the okra first, creating bite-size snacks almost like popcorn. To keep slime at an absolute minimum, leave the pods whole. This has an added bonus of requiring less work. This recipe works either way. Enjoy the fried okra as is, with a squirt of lemon juice, or with your favorite dipping sauce.

  • 02 of 06

    Garlic Okra

    Garlic sauteed okra

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    This garlic okra recipe is so simple. All it requires is a bit of oil, sliced garlic that starts to turn golden, okra, and just a splash of water to lightly steam it. It's super easy and the resulting okra are fresh, lightly crisp, and not slimy at all. The golden garlic adds a perfect hint of sweetness that brings out the sweetness of okra too. It's an amazing method that leaves the okra moist and tender without a bit of the vegetable's infamous gelatinous texture.

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    Grilled Okra

    Grilled Okra

    The Spruce/ Molly Watson

    The charred bits on grilled okra highlight the fresh, grass-like flavor of these beautiful green pods. Plus, what could be easier than tossing the okra with a bit of oil and throwing the vegetable on the grill for about 10 minutes? It really is the easiest way to cook okra and it's almost as crowd-pleasing as the fried variety. If you don't have a grill, you can use a grill pan on the stovetop or simply make roasted okra, which creates a similarly browned and slime-free result.

  • 04 of 06

    Okra With Tomatoes

    Spicy Okra Tomatoes

    The Spruce/ Molly Watson

    The acid in the tomatoes breaks up the gelatinous tendencies of okra in this dish. Even though the okra is cooked in liquid, it has no slime. Not only does this braised okra with tomatoes dish have no slime, it has tons of flavor from the blend of spices. It tastes delicious and is a great side dish, especially with some grilled sausages. 

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  • 05 of 06

    Roasted Okra

    Spicy Roasted Okra

    The Spruce/ Molly Watson

    Slicing okra lengthwise and popping it in a hot oven brings out its best feature: that nutty, slightly grassy flavor with an almost sweet edge. For extra flavor, add some slivered green onions. It's worth the few extra minutes to carefully slice lengths of green onions into slivers. If you like things spicy, add a chopped fresh green chile (such as a serrano or jalapeño) or two for a spicy kick. Serve this roasted okra as an appetizer and watch them disappear.

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    Pickled Okra

    Spicy Okra Pickles

    The Spruce/ Molly Watson

    For an unexpected treat, try your hand at pickling okra. This process allows you to enjoy the distinctive grassy flavor of okra well past the summer and fall picking season. It's very easy to make okra pickles and you can customize the spice levels to your liking. A jar of pickled okra make a perfect gift or a nice surprise at your next BBQ.