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Not sure what to do with that bag of okra in the back of your freezer? This collection of frozen okra recipes will give you plenty of ideas for turning this ingredient into a tasty and nutritious meal or side! From simple air fried or roasted okra to Creole lemon okra, okra fries, and even okra curry, you’ll want to cook with frozen okra every night of the week!
Frozen okra is a great item to have in your freezer any time of year. Looking for new and tasty frozen okra recipes? This collection will transform that bag of produce hiding in your freezer into the star of any meal!
Okra has a mild, sweet, slightly grassy flavor and is often thought of as a vegetable, but it’s actually a fruit! The taste is unique, which makes it a great addition to so many recipes.
From classic sauteed or fried okra that highlights the ingredient’s signature flavor to okra curry or red bean and okra jambalaya that elevate traditional dishes to a whole new level, you’ll be amazed at the versatility of this freezer-friendly food. Let’s get cooking!
Tasty, crunchy bites of okra can be ready in under 20 minutes thanks to the magic of one of my favorite kitchen gadgets, the air fryer! The circulating hot air around the air fryer basket is perfect for making crispy okra and transforming it into a side the whole family will love. Try serving with your favorite dipping sauce for extra flavor along side main dishes like chicken, steak, fish, and more.
You can use fresh or frozen breaded okra for this easy yet crave-worthy dish! The secret ingredient is the self-rising buttermilk cornmeal mix that coats each bite and adds that perfect amount of satisfying crunch.
You’re only 3 staple ingredients away from a delicious side dish that’s packed with vitamin C and other nutrients! Just toss the frozen okra with oil and parmesan cheese, then let the oven handle the rest. The perfect side dish to many meals.
This classic southern stewed recipe is perfect for summertime but tasty enough to be enjoyed all year round! The combination of crushed and diced tomatoes with plenty of veggies and a little bacon is so comforting.
5. Creole Okra
Not only does Creole okra taste amazing, it’s also great for meal prepping! Plenty of onion, garlic, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, seasoning, and a pinch of cayenne make the flavors of this dish really sing.
You’ll fall in love with the savory charred flavor you get from this super easy recipe! It’s almost as good as fried okra, and definitely much healthier and less messy to make. You only need 3 ingredients including frozen whole okra.
The addition of bacon is what really takes this one-pan recipe to the next level. The okra will soak up the bacon’s natural grease as it cooks, giving it a flavor dimension that you have to taste to believe.
Treat yourself to beef sirloin cubes cooked in a rich tomato sauce with okra and wonderful Middle Eastern spices. This simple yet super flavorful dish is perfect to serve with white rice.
Skip the breading and enjoy naked pan-fried okra guilt free! The process of frying the okra in a skillet in hot oil still brings out that incredible crunchiness that makes this side such a southern classic.
Even friends or family that remember okra as a slimy side they hated when they were little will fall in love with this simple dish! The secret is the flavor you get from the fresh garlic, dried Aleppo chili, and tomato paste.
The combination of lemony flavor and caramelized sweet okra texture with a kick of spice is what will keep you coming back for more! Feel free to use a store-bought Creole seasoning or throw together your own.
12. Okra Fries
Use the air fryer or the oven to turn frozen okra into delicious fries in a matter of minutes! The crispy texture makes them super satisfying, and they’re great for dipping in aioli, bang bang sauce, or ranch dressing.
13. Okra Curry
Fresh okra or frozen okra cooked in a seasoned coconut curry sauce will transport you to a whole new world of flavor. This hearty dish makes a delicious meal served over your choice of rice or quinoa.
14. Grilled Okra
Easy, breezy, and oh-so-delicious! Combine okra in a cast-iron or traditional skillet with olive oil and garlic salt, then toss the whole thing on the grill. It’s so easy to cook right alongside your main course!
15. Okra Rice Recipe
Get ready to enjoy a Caribbean side dish that’s also vegan-friendly and naturally gluten-free. The combination of oil, onion, garlic, parsley, and saffron with diced pumpkin, bell pepper, and okra will knock your socks off.
16. Sauteed Okra
The secret to perfect sauteed okra that doesn’t have any slimy texture is to sprinkle fine cornmeal over the skillet as it cooks. The corn flour browns and cooks with the okra and onions for a delicious end result and a simple side dish.
Simple ingredients really let the natural flavor and texture of okra shine in this easy okra recipe. Just cook over high heat in a large skillet with oil, garlic, and a few other seasonings for an easy and wonderful side.
Looking for some vegetarian soul food? Okra cooked with onions, garlic, and tomatoes and smothered with creole seasoning plus a bit of oil is the kind of comfort food that will keep you going back for seconds.
Warm spices, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and a splash of citrus brings out a whole new flavor profile in this okra recipe. Get ready to fall in love with the balance of savory and tangy with just the right amount of spice!
20. Summer Succotash
Enjoy a bright and colorful salad at your next summer picnic or backyard bbq! Classic succotash combines lima beans, black eyed peas, tomatoes, corn kernels, garlic, okra, bacon, fresh chives, and paprika for a medley of taste and texture.
The powerful Cajun flavors of this dish are so satisfying, you might not even realize it’s completely vegan! Healthy, hearty, and budget-friendly, do yourself and make a big batch so you can enjoy leftovers throughout the week.
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Frozen Okra Recipes
- 1 bag frozen sliced okra
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Place frozen okra in a bowl. Pour oil, salt, and pepper over the okra. Toss to coat.
- Pour okra out on lined baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until desired doneness.