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Okra with Spicy Ginger Garlic Sauce

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Okra, aka Lady's Finger, is low in calories but packed full of nutrients. It is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Okra is also a good source of Magnesium and Folate. This 15-minute blanched okra recipe dressed with a spicy garlic ginger sauce is easy and great served warm or cold.
Okra often gets a bad reputation due to the slimy texture it gets if it’s not prepared properly. There are many ways to prepare this humble vegetable, but blanching / boiling okra is one of the simplest and healthiest. The best way is to blanch the okra whole without cutting it and adding cider vinegar to the boiling water also helps reduce the sliminess. You can either serve them whole after blanched or slice each okra in half lengthwise.

Spicy Ginger Garlic Sauce
  • 350 g Okra
  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Sea salt
  • 6 Large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1-inch Ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2-4 Piri piri (or bird’s eye chillies)
  • 1 Red chillie pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Light soya sauce (I used Kikkoman gluten-free soya sauce)
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1/3 tsp Black salt
  • 1 tbsp Chives, chopped (or spring onion)
  1. Clean the okra under running water briefly and pat them dry with a kitchen towel. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, add in apple cider vinegar and sea salt, and then blanch the okra for 2-3 minutes until they turned deep bright green and fork tender.
  2. Remove the okra and place them in a bowl of ice water immediately. Remove and drain. Cut the stems and tips off and cut each okra into half lengthwise. Arrange them, cut side up, on a serving plate.
  3. Peel and finely cut the garlic cloves and ginger. Slice the piri piri into thin rings. Slice the red chilli pepper open, remove the seeds and cut into thin strips.
  4. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet. Add in garlic and ginger and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add in chillies and cook for another 1-2 minutes until aromatic. Lower the heat and mix in soya sauce, vinegar, maple syrup and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Turn off the heat and add in chopped chives.
  5. Spoon the sauce over the okra and serve immediately.

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Cooking Julia 19/5/23 22:38

I have never eaten okras but cooked like this, it looks gorgeous!

Brian's Home Blog 19/5/23 23:15

That does look really, really good! We just had some okra with lunch today but ours was deep fried.

Tom 19/5/23 23:38

...I had never heard of okra until I went to the University of Georgia in 1966. They must have had millions of ways to cook it.

roentare 20/5/23 00:01

Okra is so effective for bowels movement. I love chili spice too

J.P. Alexander 20/5/23 02:31

Se ve muy rico. Adoro el picante. Gracias por la receta Te mando un beso.

Anne in the kitchen 20/5/23 05:34

I grew up eating okra and have eaten it many ways. I will definitely be trying it like this. I think the only adjustment I will need to make to keep it keto is subbing for the soy sauce and the maple syrup.

babYpose 20/5/23 06:10

The meal looks good and tasty. Love how you cooked, it looks fresh and crisp.

Angie's Recipes 20/5/23 07:05

@Anne in the kitchen Anne, the amount of glutenfree soya sauce (no wheat at all) and maple syrup is minimal, so they wouldn't affect the keto diet.

Margaret D 20/5/23 07:35

Never heard of okra down here but looks interesting and will look it up.

Lola Martínez 20/5/23 09:05

La okra es un producto que conozco pero no se ve por aquí, al menos yo no lo conozco. Me gustaría probarla con esa vinagreta tan buena que le has puesto, eso sí, con algo menos de picante.

Izaa 20/5/23 09:19

pysznie wyglądają, chętnie bym spróbowała

eileeninmd 20/5/23 11:51

I have never tried Okra, the sauce looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.
Take care, have a great weekend.

My name is Erika. 20/5/23 12:37

When I was away last weekend my friend and I were talking about okra as I don't believe I've ever had it. This looks like a yummy recipe, and I'm printing it out so I can I try it sometime. Thanks. Happy weekend Angie. hugs-Erika

DEZMOND 20/5/23 13:41

Never had me okra in my life, and I don't think I would like it, but you did a very nice styling of food in the plate! Okra and artichoke are two things you rarely or never see in our markets.

[Reply] 20/5/23 15:37

What a creative way to serve okra!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 20/5/23 15:56

I have never had okra but looks like you did it proud!

David 20/5/23 18:38

Angie, Until we moved from Illinois in the northern USA to Tennessee in the Southeastern USA, I'd rarely even heard of okra and we never saw it in our grocery stores. Where we live now in Eastern Tennessee, okra is a staple vegetable. The only way I've had it that I thought was palatable was deep fried...definitely southern USA! Not a vegetable I frequent. I'm surprised that you can find it in your stores but I guess that it made it to your side of the Atlantic Ocean. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Lowcarb team member 20/5/23 23:26

I can't remember the last time I bought any Okra!
Many thanks for sharing this recipe.

All the best Jan

Rainbow Evening 21/5/23 06:21

we consume okra sometimes...
your okra looks so yummy.

Rose world 21/5/23 08:39

Sometimes I do that too. Just boil the okra, cut the top away once cool. Add some oyster sauce over the okras. And then fry some minced garlic and pour over the okra. Simple and nice.


Hola Angie, nunca he comido okra, pero se ve deliciosa. Gracias por compartir. Un beso 😘

Carol @Comfort Spring Station 21/5/23 13:54

a different take on okra and a wonderful sauce for it

Anonymous 21/5/23 20:16

I've never been a fan of okra, for the reasons you describe. Your recipe looks delicious and worth trying!

foodtravelandwine 22/5/23 02:29

I love okra, and I always have it in Indian food....I have to try this recipe!........Abrazotes, Marcela

Laura. M 22/5/23 17:52

No la he comido nunca, he leído que se parece al calabacin y ese si me gusta. Gracias.
Un abrazo.

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 23/5/23 00:22

I love okra, and I don't even mind some sliminess (especially when made with tomato sauce.) This method is new to me, and I'm definitely going to give it a try; it looks lovely!

tigerfish 1/6/23 01:12

Your okra look so fresh! It depends on luck to find fresh okra here. Often, the okra here already sees dark blemishes. Am a huge fan of okra. Love it blanched too.


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