It's irritating to cook any recipe with okra. I love okra, but it always takes a long time to burn off all the goopy stuff. Is there a way to get rid of it more quickly so my okra will be ready sooner?

  • If the question is about okra, see cooking.stackexchange.com/q/35879/67
    – Joe
    Mar 21, 2015 at 0:11
  • @CoDeMurDeRer Are you trying to reduce the sliminess in general? Or with a specific cooking method? Your original question kind of suggested you meant specifically pan frying or something like that, while the question Joe linked to is more about soup/stew things.
    – Cascabel
    Mar 21, 2015 at 4:09

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The best way that I have found to cook okra, and prevent it from being slimy is to avoid cooking it with moisture.

If you dredge it in seasoned cornmeal, then pan fry it, you get none of the slime that is common to okra.

I haven't done any tests to verify if a quick fry would then prevent it from developing slime if you then add liquid, however. If you're trying to add the okra to a soup or a sauce, you might still need to spend some time cooking it to break down the slime.


When I cook an okra, I've found that adding tomato suppresses the slime. For about one or two cups of okra, I add one small ripe tomato. I do that whenever I cook an okra curry.

Deep frying okra in some kind of batter also works well and is delicious.

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