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How to Cook Fresh Okra in Different Methods

There are 3 different methods to cook fresh Okra as below:


Microwaved Okra

Arrange 1 pound of trimmed okra in a single layer in a microwave dish. Add 2 tablespoons water. Cover with plastic microwave wrap and vent. Microwave 4 to 6 minutes, depending on the size of the pods. Remove from the oven and let stand 3 minutes before uncovering.

Boiled Okra

My grandmother loved plain boiled or steamed okra, marinated with a spicy vinaigrette dressing. I like a more elegant dish, with a little hollandaise sauce over lightly boiled, slightly crisp okra pods. All of the pods should be of nearly equal to ensure that they are cooked at the same time.

Simmer trimmed okra in salted water to cover for 6 to 10 minutes, depending on the age and size of the pods. They should still be slightly crisp. Drain well and serve plain with a little butter, salt and pepper; drizzle with a little extra-virgin olive oil; or season with hot pepper sauce.


Steamed Okra

I think steaming result in the freshest looking, greenest cooked okra, making it perfect for chilling and serving on a crudites platter with a well-flavored dip. Pick pods of equal size to ensure even cooking.

Arrange trimmed okra pods in a steamer basket or colander and steam, covered, over simmering water until crisp tender, 4 to 6 minutes, depending on the age and size of the pods and on the subsequent use of the okra.

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