Friday, July 10, 2009

Grilled Okra

Okra always takes me back to my childhood. My great-aunt and uncle lived across the street from us, and they had a very substantial garden. I have so many fond memories of going over to their house in the summer, drinking yoohoo, and eating Sunday dinner (which is really lunch) after church. For some reason, the okra really stands out to me. Of course being in the deep south, it was fried okra, and to be honest, until a few years ago, I'd never had okra any other way.

When I saw some okra at the local produce stand last week, I knew I had to find something to do with it. I'm not big on frying, and I've really been on a grilling kick, so I decided to try it out grilled. I have heard that okra can tend to be slimy, so I kind of expected this recipe to be a bust, but I was totally wrong! Honestly, I think I like this better than fried. The flavor really comes through, and I love the smokiness from the grill.

Joey and I enjoyed it, but Caroline was not a fan. She ate one piece, spit it out, then proceeded to move the rest off to the side. Apparently her dislike was so strong that she didn't even want it near the rest of her food! Don't let her reaction sway you though, this really was delicious!

Grilled Okra
make as much or as little as you'd like!
  • fresh okra
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • lemon wedges, for serving.
Thread okra onto two skewers, to make flipping easier. Brush both sides with olive oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Grill 2-4 minutes per side, until okra is bright green, and cooked through. Serve with lemon wedges.


Elizabeth said...

My husband loves okra - I will have to give this a try.

ErinsFoodFiles said...

Oh wow! I love okra! I tried it grilled last summer, and loved it. I can't wait to grill it now!

Lisa said...

What an interesting way to serve Okra! I'll have to give it a try.

Laura said...

I love okra! What a great idea to grill it. My husband thanks for for this!

Anonymous said...

The first time I tried it, I included paste tomatoes and onion on the skewers along with the okra (grape tomatoes work well too). Oil, salt, pepper. Delish!!!!


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