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How to Cook Okra (Ladyfingers, Ladies’ Fingers, Ochro – 3 Recipes)

How do you Cook Okra? 

Okra otherwise known as Lady Fingers (due to its thin delicate look), is a very healthy vegetable from tropical climates and used in various countries national cuisines. It is a delightful versatile vegetable, but can turn slimy and tasteless if cooked the wrong way. Do you know how to cook Okra? Well below are three recipes for you to try and cook Okra yourself.

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Okra in Tomato Sauce

  • 4 Servings
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 – 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g okra, washed and sliced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chopped shallot and sliced garlic clove.
  2. Cook until lightly golden brown.
  3. Add tomato paste, honey, and bell peppers. Stir well to combine and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add some water if needed.
  4. Stir in sliced tomatoes and okra.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, and cook covered for an additional 20 minutes.
  6. Uncover and add basil leaves. Stir well and cook for 5 more minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Additional tips

  • Wash and dry Okra well, before cutting it.
  • To enrich the flavour, you can add a sprig of rosemary or sage leaves.

Cold Rice Salad with Okra

  • 2 Servings
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g rice
  • 12 yellow cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 10 okra, washed and sliced
  • 120g smoked cheese, diced
  • 100g canned corn
  • 100g fine beans
  • Mint leaves, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Toast the rice and prepare it according to the package instructions.
  2. In the meantime, bring a small pot of salted water to a boil and cook fine beans until tender. Drain them well.
  3. In another small pot, blanch okra for one minute in salted boiling water. Transfer them onto a cutting board and cut them into chunks.
  4. Heat one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and add the fine beans. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Drain the rice and transfer it into a large serving bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil.
  6. Toss to combine
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Additional tips

  • Use long-grain rice when preparing cold pasta salads.
  • Choose smoked cheese like smoked Gruyère, smoked Gouda or Provolone.
  • You can also stir-fry the fine beans with smoked bacon before adding it.

Fried Okra

  • 4 Servings
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200g okra, washed and sliced
  • 250ml beer (or non-alcoholic beer)
  • 160g all-purpose flour
  • 40ml extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and the beer.
  2. Whisk until you obtain a homogeneous batter.
  3. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add one okra at a time into the batter. Use kitchen tongs to dip okra and drain off the excess batter.
  5. Fry until lightly golden.
  6. Place onto kitchen papers to remove excess oil.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Additional tips

  • The most important thing for preparing the batter is that the beer is cold.
  • Also, be sure to whisk the batter enough to obtain a lump-free mixture.

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