This will be a very short post because this is a very simple recipe that I actually got from my boyfriend’s family, a bunch of northerners! *Gasp!* It is an alternative way of cooking okra to fried okra that is SO much better for you and actually allows you to taste so much of the okra flavor and amazing texture that gets lost when it’s battered and fried.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love fried okra as much as the next southern girl, but this is a great alternative that is healthier and much lighter if you’re looking for a side dish to go with that heavy steak! Ever since I learned this new way of cooking okra, I add it to the grill when my family is cooking their meat. It is easy to do in a sautée as well, or a grill pan (which is what I use here). Honestly, I make this way more often than fried okra because it is so much easier to make and still tastes delicious!
Makes about 4 servings
1lb fresh okra
1/4 cup olive oil
kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste
After washing the okra, place them in a large bowl and coat them with the olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Here I do think that kosher salt is much better because not only does it add that salty flavor but it also provides a little crisp and crunch on the outside of the okra once it’s cooked!
Line the okra up on a grill, pan, or grill pan and cook over medium heat. On the stove, cook them for about five minutes on the first side, turn them over, and cook them for another five minutes. If you’re using a grill, it is totally up to you how long you leave them on there. Longer = crispier, so definitely feel free to adapt this to your personal preferences! Once the okra is ready to come off, it should be tender; crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside.