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Grilled okra

I have a new favorite way to prepare okra. Yeah, sure, pickled okra is good, but since embarking on that particular adventure (which I’ll be glad I did this winter!), I have discovered that there are tons of delicious uses for this lovely veggie. I’ve pinned several to try, since we’ll be getting okra through our CSA for the foreseeable future, but the first one was such a delicious treat that I may have a hard time giving too much okra up to another use!

Who knew okra could look this good?

Grilled okra was simple to prepare, and absolutely delicious. Seriously… the hubby and I had to fight to save some for Nora for the next day, and she ate it like candy. So, yeah, I’d say it was a winner.

Oh yeah.

There’s no real recipe for this one either (sorry, it’s how we cook on the grill!), but it’s super-simple. Just toss your washed and trimmed okra with a couple of Tbs of melted butter, a few sprinkles each of cayenne, smoked paprika, fleur de sel or kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper.  Thread them on skewers and grill over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. The grown-ups ate them with a homemade garlic-basil aioli, but they were delicious just on their own, too.

The only problem now is that someone is going to have to convince me to try one of the other delicious recipes I’ve collected with the bag of okra that just showed up in my CSA box!

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22 Thoughts on “Grilled okra

  1. I love Okra, no matter what you do with it. This sounds like an “add”!

  2. I’ve never tried okra- it’s not something that has ever been grown around here. I’ve noticed lately that the grocery store has brought it in a couple of times though. I may have to give this a try while it’s still grilling season.

  3. I love okra but never thought to grill them. They really must be good with the seasonings you added.

  4. Those are cute. I want to eat about 20 of them!

  5. Perfect timing, I just wound up with a bunch in my CSA box this week and they were every where at the farmers market. Other than frying (I’m from Texas, y’all) or Gumbo (it’s too hot for that), I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Yay,

  6. this is the 2nd okra recipe i’ve come across today. i have not seen it in our csa stash or any of the other farmer’s stands, which is a bummer, as i do enjoy it. i’ve only ever had it deep fried but i am curious about the grilling method.

    • It’s fabulous grilled! Okra is absolutely everywhere here in Texas right now, but we never really saw much of it in Northern CA, even in the summer. I think it really loves the heat.

  7. This sounds great. I always loved fried okra, but couldn’t get down with it any other way. I saw some at the market yesterday and was trying to convince my wife that I could find a tasty way to prepare it, now I have one!

  8. It’s official…I MUST find some okra!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up :)

  9. I am doing this right now! I just harvested about 20 from the garden. I have an okra TREE. It’s gone past plant size.

    • So jealous! I am totally planting okra next year, especially now that I’ve found a bunch of yummy ways to use it. Hope it turned out well for you!

  10. First round was a bust as I harvested the okra too late. Big okra = okra you cannot bite into. Lesson learned. Second round was DELICIOUS. Alas, my dear son took one bite and spit it out. They say you have to offer something 10-20 times before they will eat it. I am going to keep offering it and we’ll see if I can turn him around. Also, hubby, who eats only cauliflower and broccoli, ate the okra. Ate every one on his plate!

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  12. I made some of this last night, using olive oil instead of melted butter. And I added a little bit of garlic powder. They came out great! Really tasty! (It was a true act of loving sacrifice that I saved some for my husband.)

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