Sunday, September 28, 2014

An Easy Steamed Okra Recipe

An Easy Steamed Okra Recipe

Okra is one of my all-time favorite vegetables. I'm from Iloilo and we love making Laswa (a delicious vegetable soup) which is usually served with lots of Okra. I'm going to share the recipe for Laswa next time. For now, let's talk about another easy recipe - Steamed Okra

I know there are a lot of ways to cook Okra since you can either steam, fry, or boil the pods. My personal favorite cooking method is steaming. The reason why I like it is that the nutrients get locked in during the cooking process and it doesn't lose any of it's flavor. It's so easy that this might not count as a valid recipe.

Nutritional Benefits:
Okra is a low-calorie meal rich in valuable nutrients such as soluble and insoluble fiber, Vitamin A, Folic Acid, and Vitamin C and minerals such as Calcium, Iron, and Potassium. A cup of Okra will contain 31 calories, 3.2g of Fiber, 2g of Protein, and 35% of your daily Vitamin C requirement. 

Difficulty: Beginner
Yields: 2 Servings
Total Cost: 12 pesos
Cost Per Serving: 12 pesos per serving
*Cost computed using recipe ingredients and prices in Chef Jay's Price Watch

250g Fresh Okra
Optional: Salt and Pepper to taste. You can also add some butter

  1. Clean the Okra with water and a bit of vinegar in a bowl. 
  2. Cut of the stems but make sure that you don't cut the pods themselves or the Okra will lose it's juice and become sad, saggy pods.
  3. Optional: sprinkle some salt and pepper in the Okra pods. I find this unnecessary since the pods are flavorful on their own but a little seasoning would be good to to as some extra flavor.
  4. Steam the Okra for 7-10 minutes in a Steamer. An alternative method of cooking would be to place the Okra in a bowl with a tablespoon of water and microwave for 4 minutes or until tender.
Fresh Okra - how to cut Okra

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you have any suggestions for a better recipe, feel free to make suggestions.

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1 comment:

  1. Simple, yet delicious recipe! Perfect to pair with soy sauce that has chili or onions.

    What I usually do is I put the okras on the steamer of the rice cooker just before the rice starts to boil. It saves time and the aroma of the rice adds flavor to it.