I know it doesn’t really look like all that much. Grilled Okra isn’t a stunning dish in any way but it is one of the easiest things to make and also super healthy and delicious.
We’ve been talking all week about a good menu for your 4th of July holiday. This is the second side dish. It really takes almost zero prep, cooks really fast and since our entree is going to be grilled you’ll already be using the grill so why not fresh okra? In the winter when I can get my hands on it I usually slice and sauté it on super high heat. It’s delicious.
Growing up we ate it fried. It’s so, so good fried but of course not terribly healthy! Okra is quintessentially southern. Like sweet tea. You won’t find many homes without it. Since I grew up in a very southern household we ate okra A LOT but I’ve just now really started grilling it and I love it! We all do.
To see the previous courses in our holiday menu check out the Sweet Tea Sparking Cooler, Strawberry Heirloom Salad and Bacon Cheddar Spoon Bread. I’ve also listed several different options for each course with links if you find you’re not 100% sold on my idea so take a look at those posts as well.
If you’re not super fired up over my grilled okra then what about this bacon and pea salad? I know we used bacon already but it looks delicious and very 4th-like to me. These honey roasted carrots looks gorgeous. Grilled lemon parmesan asparagus? Or if you like my seasoning and grilling idea but don’t like okra or can’t find it you could always substitute broccoli or brocolinni. They’re both amazing grilled.
Some people shy away from okra because they think it can be slimy. Here are some ways to prevent it. One thing is it has to be dry when you start cooking it so make sure of that. Also cooking them whole prevents the sliminess so with this recipe you shouldn’t have to worry about it. Here are some other suggestions when cooking okra. Just don’t let the idea of it maybe being slimy steer you away. This recipe is just too simple and too easy to pass it up.
For this recipe I just skewered the okra on two wooden skewers.
It makes it much easier to turn them this way and they don’t just sit and flip around which can really be challenging. I doused them with olive oil (my daughter was helping out and when I said douse…she DID ) and some soy sauce and then sprinkled with za’atar seasoning. Za’atar is a middle eastern spice combination of chopped fresh oregano, sumac, ground cumin, and sesame seeds, a little kosher salt and black pepper. Here’s a recipe from Bon Appétit but you can also buy it at the market already put together. It’s pretty great. If you don’t want to use that you could use a Greek seasoning or a Cajun or even just sea salt and pepper and let the fresh okra stand alone. It’s amazing any way you make it.
- 1 pound fresh okra, rinsed, patted dry and skewered
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2-4 tablespoons Za'atar seasoning (or more to taste)
- Drizzle skewered okra with olive oil, soy sauce and then sprinkle with za'atar.
- Place directly on grill grate over medium flame and grill for approximately 3 minutes per side or until okra begins to become tender.
- Sprinkle with flake sea salt and serve warm.