Spicy Seared Okra

spicy seared okra // loveandlemons.com

I realize, it’s halloween and okra is not exactly candy. But this simple recipe is so good, you’ll crave it like chocolate. Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but you’ll crave it nonetheless.

Okra is something that’s completely new to me. I’ve been living here in Texas for awhile now, but have never been so inclined to give this humble vegetable a try until I had it at this summer at Contigo.

Their preparation is pretty straight forward: oil, garlic… cook them over high heat so they get that nice char without becoming slimy. The genius part is the way they finish it with sherry vinegar. It gives them such a sweet, tangy, almost pickled, kind of flavor… you’ll start eating these and not be able to stop.

spicy seared okra
  • a tablespoon or so of olive oil
  • 12 or so pieces okra, sliced in half
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • ½ jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • small handful of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 4 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. When your pan is really hot, add the okra and sauté until they start to turn brown. Add a few pinches of salt.
  2. Add shallots and jalapeños; sauté for 1 minute. Add garlic, sauté for 30 seconds. Add walnuts and tomatoes, and toss to incorporate.
  3. Deglaze pan with sherry vinegar, and reduce until it’s almost dry. Remove pan from heat, and add the butter, tossing and stirring to create a glaze.

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  2. This looks incredible! I’ve never thought to pair okra with walnuts… but I do love pickled okra, so this looks like something I’d really enjoy. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  3. Interesting way to have okra. I’m Asian so we use it often in quite a few traditional dishes. 🙂

  4. Fresh okra is one of the reasons I’m really looking forward to about living in TX! I’ve only had it frozen, but I love it.

  5. Courtney from sweetmsicellany.blogspot.com on said:

    I’ve actually lived in Texas all of my life and had never really thought much about okra until recently. One of the farmers at our local market had me eat one raw and I have been looking for recipes ever since. This looks like the perfect inaugural okra recipe to try!

  6. I absolutely love okra!!! It is not something I see here in the Pacific NW so much (only at my favorite Indian restaurant!) but I have always wanted to cook with it. This recipe sounds absolutely addicting!!! XO Brynn

  7. Camille Styles on said:

    Thanks for the love Jeanine, and let me say from experience: this okra is completely addictive.

  8. Laura from thefirstmess.com on said:

    Okra has always eluded me. I’ve enjoyed it, sure. But cooking it, yeesh. Can’t do it. The simplicity of this sounds do-able though. Especially with that zing of sherry vinegar at the end. Yum.

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  12. mel good on said:

    This is probably my favorite okra recipe- even disclosing that I love a good seafood gumbo with okra– this dish is addictive. Thank you.

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