Okra is a delicious vegetable, but it can be tricky to cook. Its slimy texture can be an unwelcome surprise for many people. But don’t worry, with the right cooking technique, you can cook okra without the slime. So, read on to learn how to cook okra properly!

How To Cook Okra

1. How To Cook Okra in Air Fryer


  • 1 lb Fresh Okra
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder


Wash the okra and remove the stems. Pat the okra dry with a paper towel and cut into 1/2-inch slices.

Next, place the okra slices in a large bowl and add the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder then toss to coat.

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F and lightly spray the basket with cooking oil.

Put the okra slices in the basket of the air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

Serve hot. Enjoy!

2. How To Cook Okra in the Oven


  • 2 pounds of fresh okra
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Wash the okra and pat it dry. Cut the okra into ½-inch slices.

Place okra slices in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Next, sprinkle the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper on top of the okra slices.

Gently mix the okra slices to evenly coat them with the olive oil and spices.

Spread seasoned okra slices onto a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring the okra halfway through

Once the okra is golden brown and crispy, remove the baking sheet from the oven and serve. Enjoy!

3. How To Cook Okra Southern Style


  • 1 lb fresh okra
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups vegetable oil


First, wash the okra and pat it dry then slice them into ½-inch thick slices.

In a shallow dish, combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix to combine. In a other shallow dish, pour in the buttermilk.

Working with one okra slice at a time, dip it in the buttermilk and then dredge it in the flour mixture, making sure to coat it completely. Set aside on a plate.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add the okra slices to the skillet, making sure not to overcrowd it.

Fry the okra for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy.

Once cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer the okra to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Serve the fried okra hot with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

How To Cook Okra Southern Style

4. How To Cook Okra on the Stovetop


  • 1 lb fresh okra
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


Wash the okra and cut off the stems.

Fill a large pot with 3 cups of water and add 1 tsp of salt.Then bring the water to a boil, then add the okra.

Boil okra for 10 minutes then drain the okra in a colander and rinse with cold water to prevent it from continuing to cook.

Transfer boiled okra to a bowl. Next, drizzle the okra with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and enjoy!

How To Cook Okra on the Stovetop

5. FAQs When Cooking Okra

5.1. How To Choose Fresh Okra?

First of all, check the color of the okra. Fresh okra should be bright green and have no signs of yellowing or browning. If the okra you’re looking at is discolored, it’s probably past its prime.

Next, feel the okra. Fresh okra should be firm and have a bit of springiness. If the okra feels slimy or mushy, it’s probably not fresh.

Finally, check the size of the pods. Smaller pods tend to be more tender and flavorful than larger ones. If the pods are too large, they may be tough and fibrous.

5.2. Tips To Cook Okra Without Slime?

Okra has a naturally slippery texture, but there are ways to minimize the slime when cooking. Here are a few tips:

Choosing the right cooking method, cooking okra in the oven, in air fryer or pan-fry will help your okra have a crispy texture and less slime than boil and steam.

Adding acidic ingredients, such as vinegar or lemon juice, to the cooking process can help to reduce the slime.

Cutting the okra into smaller pieces can also help to reduce the slime.

5.3. How to Store Fresh Okra?

Whether you are planning to use it in soups, stews, or even just eat it as a snack on its own, it is important to store fresh okra in order to maintain its quality and taste.

To store fresh okra, you should place it in an airtight container, such as a covered bowl or plastic bag, and store it in the refrigerator. Okra will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator, but if you plan to cook with it, you should use it within a day or two.

5.4. Can I Use Frozen Okra Instead of Fresh?

Yes, you can use frozen okra instead of fresh okra, but here are a few things to keep in mind

Texture: Frozen okra can become slimy after being thawed, which can change the texture of dishes that use it. So all you need is to add frozen okra from the package to your recipes

Flavor: The flavor of frozen okra can be different from that of fresh okra, as freezing can sometimes affect the taste. To counteract this, I think you should be generous when seasonings.

Cooking time: Frozen okra may take longer to cook than fresh okra, so you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Appearance: Frozen okra may not look as visually appealing as fresh okra, as the color and texture can change during the freezing process.

Recipes suitable for frozen okra: Gumbos and stews recipes, fried okra recipes, bhindi masala recipe ( Indian-Style Okra ), or salads recipes

Okra is a nutritious vegetable that is low in calories but high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a great addition to any meal.With these simple guides in article, I hope that you can easily learn how to cook okra and enjoy a delicious dish.

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