Looking for okra recipes? Want to make the best veggie main or side dish? Originally from Africa, okra is a vegetable widely used in Caribbean, Creole, Cajun and Indian cuisine.


Try one of our recipes below, then try our vegetarian curry recipes, vegetable side dish recipes and vegetarian entertaining recipes.

Okra recipes

Dhal with fried okra

Okra joins forces with dahl in this comforting vegetarian dish, perfect as a main or side dish. For more inspiration find more of our best dhal recipes.

A bowl of orange dhal topped with crisp fried okra

Crispy okra

London’s Riding House Café in Bloomsbury coats okra in semolina, deep-fries it and serves it with a yuzu ponzu dip.

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A blue and white pattered plate with deep fried strips of okra and a small pot of creamy dip on a wooden table

Crispy salt ‘n’ pepper okra

Recreate this Indo-Chinese recipe from Soho’s chic Kolkata-inspired café, Fatt Pundit. Okra really shines when you add Himalayan pink salt to the mix.

Crispy salt ’n’ pepper okra

Okra and tomato tabbouleh

Okra's subtleness works well with strong flavours. This recipe with bulgar wheat, mint, parsley and lemon is ideal.

If you like the look of this, check out this honey and sesame halloumi with jalapeño yogurt and tabbouleh.

Okra And Tomato Tabbouleh Recipe

Lentil and okra curry

This flavourful veggie curry proves how delicious okra can be. Plus, it will be on the table in just 30 minutes.

Take a browse through more of our vegetarian curry recipes and vegan curry recipes.

Bowl of lentil and okra curry topped with chillies and yoghurt with a side of naan

Vegan gumbo

This vegan twist on Southern gumbo comes packed with crunchy veg, including okra, sweet potato, peas, celery and peppers. We've used gram flour to create the base, meaning it's suitable for people on a gluten-free diet.

A blue tablecloth topped with a white cast iron pot, filled with a chunky vegetable soup

West African peanut stew with sweet potato

Tis vegan West African stew is comforting and nourishing in equal measure, pairing okra with sweet potato chunks. Serve with rice or black-eyed beans for soaking up the sauce.

West African Chicken Curry Recipe With Sweet Potato and Peanuts

Barbudian fish wata

This fish soup with okra is light and low in calories, flavoured with earthy green seasoning, fiery scotch bonnet and zingy ginger. This recipe comes from Brixton restaurant, Caribe’.

A wooden table topped with a bowl of fish soup with halves peppers, herbs and lime wedges


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