Grilled Spiced Okra

Last Sunday, I found some beautiful okra at the Hollywood Farmers Market, so I decided to make a quick meal of it – and I’m glad I did! It was flavorful, spicy, bright and there was none of that okra slime that can occur! I used my grill pan because it was actually cooler in my (un-airconditioned) kitchen than it was outside, but you could also throw these on the grill. Either way, just make sure you eat them right away while they are still a bit crisp and hot off the grill.

Grilled Spiced Okra


Grilled Spiced Okra

Yield: 2 servings


½ pound okra, washed and dried

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon ground fennel

1/8 teaspoon ground chipotle

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

½ lemon


Heat a grill pan over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, until very hot.

In a medium bowl, mix to combine the okra with the olive oil, cumin, fennel, chipotle, salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

Place on the grill pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on one side, until grill marks are acheived. Do not stir. Flip the okra to cook on the opposite side for an additional 5 to 6 minutes.

Remove from grill pan. Squeeze lemon juice over the okra and serve immediately.


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