Saturday, July 7, 2012

Okra Fries

That's right. Not fried okra, okra fries.

It all started when I ran into friends, Randall De Ford and Wes Goddard, at the Market Square Farmers' Market this morning. A discussion of Juliet tomatoes, different kinds of eggplant, and uses of okra led to their describing how they make okra fries. I'm not sure if mine are anything like theirs, but we liked them. Thanks for the suggestion, Randall & Wes!

I sliced the okra in half lengthwise and rubbed a little bit of a paste made of minced ginger and garlic on each. Then I combined a spice mixture called Dukkah (from Trader Joe's), cayenne, turmeric, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a little flour, and tossed the okra with it. I let it sit for a while before frying and served them with a squirt of lime juice. Delicious!

To complement the okra fries, we had grilled eggplant. The green stuff is simply a combination of flat leaf parsley and mint tossed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. I also tossed in some Dukkah since it was sitting there.

Mango salad--nothing but mangos, olive oil, lime juice, and red pepper flakes.

Grilled salmon seasoned with one of my favorite rubs, Potlatch Seasoning (fromWilliams-Sonoma).

It was a little warm for grilling tonight, but we stayed cool with a pitcher of mango margraritas.

Yummy okra fries--and more. That's what we're having.


  1. Wow, Gay! Very ambitious! We went to see the new Woody Allen flick way out at Downtown West! But we decided to stay in after that. Had Weight Watchers Parmesan chicken (from Pinterest), sliced maters, roasted onions and baked potatoes, all from Market Square Farm Mkt. While we waited for everything to come out of the oven: watermelon martinis that you have experienced twice recently at our place. Loving summer nights, but wish they weren't quite so dang hot. See you soon.

  2. Still wanting that watermelon martini recipe! The mango margaritas went well with our menu, but the watermelon martini is more refreshing.

  3. A gorgeous meal with an interesting blend of flavors, spices, and seasonings. Your okra fries would make a nice addition to just about anything grilled!

  4. Rusha, I think I could just eat a little plate of okra fries and be happy.