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Peppery Grilled Okra & Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce

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Peppery Grilled Okra and Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce is a quick, fresh grilled veggie appetizer that’s light, healthy, and extremely tasty. You may not have considered okra on the grill before, but grilling okra brings out a unique roasted flavor.

Seasoned with black pepper, this slightly charred okra is served with a creamy and light Greek yogurt dipping sauce flavored with fresh lemon and basil. This grilled okra appetizer recipe can be cooked on either skewers or in a grill pan and is ready in less than five minutes, start to finish.

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Peppery Grilled Okra and Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce

Sum-Sum-Summa time! I love grilling out and I especially love grilling fresh veggies, even okra. Normally, I would be frying up these pods. After all, I grew up eating “fried okrie” on the farm, but I was intrigued by a recipe I saw in Southern Living once and decided to give it a shot.

Peppery Grilled Okra with Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce is a quick and somewhat unique appetizer recipe that’s perfect for Summer outdoor dinner parties. It’s fresh, light, and guilt-free, so eat up and enjoy!

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Okra FAQs

How do you clean okra?

To get the best results with this recipe — and to avoid okra slime — be sure to rinse and thoroughly dry the okra before grilling. Remove the very tips, but don’t cut through the pods to keep the okra as dry and crisp as possible because water will add to the sliminess. 

How do you cook okra so it’s not slimy?

To avoid okra slime, cook it fast and hot. For example, today’s grilled okra appetizer is cooked at a temperature of around 400 to 450 degrees for just 4 to 5 minutes.

How can you tell if okra is good?

When choosing okra at the market, avoid any pods that have brown spots or that are shriveled. The larger okra pods can tend to be tough, so stick with small or medium size pods.

dipping okra in a bowl of lemon basil greek yogurt

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We use our wire mesh grilling skillet (or a grill pan) every time we cook veggies on the grill, especially this okra. Using a grilling skillet keeps us from losing veggies through the grill grates and the long handle allows your to give it a good shake to rotate the veggies for even cooking.

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Peppery Grilled Okra and Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce Recipe

Okra cooks really fast on the grill and also cools off quickly, so you’ll want to serve this appetizer immediately for the best flavor and results. Remember in order to get a nice char going, you’ll need to cook the okra at a high temperature.

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This recipe was originally posted on June 11, 2014, and was updated on August 28, 2019.

whole okra with char marks on a plate with a lemon dipping sauce
Yield: 4 servings

Peppery Grilled Okra

whole okra with char marks on a plate with a lemon dipping sauce

Peppery Grilled Okra and Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce is a quick, fresh grilled appetizer that's light, healthy, and pretty tasty, too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil,, chopped (3 large leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Grilled Okra

  • 1 pound fresh okra, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Garnish: freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine Greek yogurt with all other dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  2. Preheat grill to 400° to 450° (high) heat.
  3. Toss together okra, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Skewer on wooden picks, if desired, or place in mesh grill pan.
  4. Grill okra, covered with grill lid, over 400° to 450° (high) heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until tender.
  5. Transfer okra to a serving dish, and serve with dipping sauce. Garnish, if desired.

Notes

Adapted from Southern Living, July 2009.

When choosing okra at the market, avoid any pods that have brown spots or that are shriveled. The larger okra pods can tend to be tough, so stick with small or medium size pods.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 425mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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