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Brilliant Blanched Okra

While the CSA crew was discussing preparation methods for okra, Kristin mentioned her favorite way of fixing it. We all tried it and it was an instant hit! We think this the most brilliant idea yet! And yes it’s as simple as blanching the (sometimes dreaded) vegetable and salting it liberally. Served immediately while still warm, it is reminiscent of the edamame you eat at Japanese restaurants. A great snack!


  • Okra (not trimmed!)
  • Salt


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add okra. Cook for about 60-90 seconds. The okra will have a vibrant green color when it is done. Remove from water before tips start to split! Drain, and while okra is still warm, toss with some salt. Serve immediately. It’s great as is or dip in your favorite dressing.

Submitted by Kristin Van Fleet, Tucson CSA