Okra 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, July 16, 2011
smoky okra
Food Network Magazine's Smoky Okra on skewers.

Not sure how to prepare okra in a healthy way? Fried okra is a classic, but this green-hued veggie can also be prepared with few calories and fat added. Here are 5 mouthwatering recipes to get you started.

Pickled
Pickling is an easy way to preserve the summer goodness of produce. Prepare the pickling mixture and just sit back and relax—that’s all there is to it.
RECIPE: Pickled Okra

Jambalaya

Combine faro with a delicious blend of vegetables (including okra) to make Emeril’s to-die-for jambalaya. Did we mention that it’s vegetarian?
RECIPE: Farro Vegetarian Jambalaya

With Tomatoes
Sweet okra and acidic tomatoes work magic together. Besides pairing their flavors beautifully, both contain loads of antioxidants and fiber.
RECIPE: Okra and Tomatoes

Ratatouille
In this French-inspired dish, tomatoes and a variety of veggies are sautéed in olive oil. It can be served as a main course with whole grain pasta, brown rice, or French bread. It‘s also a delicious accompaniment to fish or chicken.
RECIPE: Okra Ratatouille

On Skewers
Thread okra on skewers, grill for several minutes on each side and you’ve got yourself a fantastic side for under 70 calories per serving!
RECIPE: Smoky Okra

TELL US: How do you like your okra?

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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