I try to grow okra in my Up North garden every summer. Once in a while I get lucky and pick a few sparse cups of this delicious, versatile veggie. Most summers, well… trying to grow okra Up North is a bit like trying to grow rhubarb Down South. Some plants just know when they’re a long way from home!
Lucky for me, I have a brother-in-law Down South with a garden the size of a small farm. He’s generous in sharing vegetables (and I think he’s more than a little amused by my tiny okra plants). Whenever I am gifted with okra from Down South, I try different cooking techniques. Southern cooking is a mystery to me.
So, what’s an Up North gal to do?
In this recipe, we’re treating okra the same way I would treat eggplant strips or calamari. The result is tender on the inside, lightly crunchy on the outside, pleasantly seasoned, and very low in fat. Topped with a bit of parmesan cheese and red sauce, these little okra bites are fabulous. Try something new today!
Ingredients (Makes 4 – 6 side dish servings)
4 cups fresh okra, sliced into bite size pieces
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup of red sauce (such as Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce) for dipping
Step 1) Coat a baking pan with shallow sides using 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil.
Step 2) Pour beaten egg over okra pieces and toss with a fork to coat evenly.
Step 3) Sprinkle cornmeal, salt, and paprika over okra. Toss with a fork to coat evenly.
Step 4) Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Turn okra over with a spatula after 15 minutes.
Step 5) Transfer okra to a serving plate. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese while still hot. Serve with red sauce.
3 replies to ““Up North” Okra”
I have never had okra. I am definitely too far north to try growing it. Yours looks delicious!
It loves hot weather, for sure. It’s also available quick frozen in supermarkets!
Oh lovely to have some suggestions, thank you. I have eaten so much of Okra while in India and Mauritius, I have tried to grow it this year but it has so far not really succeeded. It’s a great vegetable it seems.