Homemade Pickled Okra Recipe for Canning

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Make the best Homemade Pickled Okra Recipe for Canning! This fool-proof recipe produces perfectly crisp and slightly sweet pickled okra that is delicious served on burgers, salad, or snacked on by itself!

an open jar of pickled okra sitting on a table with a fork stuck into a pod of okra.

Pickling okra in a solution of vinegar, water, and seasonings gives its flavor a tangy and zesty kick. Not too long ago, I tried pickled okra for the first time and fell in love!

Even if you think you’re not a fan, give this delicious pickled okra a shot. I think you’ll be surprised!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Homemade Flavor. Nothing beats the authentic flavor of homemade pickled veggies!
  • Versatile Recipe. Having a jar or two of pickled okra around allows you to add something extra to an afternoon sandwich, light salad, roasted veggies, bloody mary, or a charcuterie board.
  • Southern Classic. If you’re serving southern folks or love a southern dish yourself, this is a must-make and must-try recipe!
ingredients for pickled okra on a table.

Ingredient notes

  • Okra | Use small pods of fresh okra, about 4 inches each, to fit correctly in an average-sized jar.
  • Seasoning | Add some flavor to the pickled okra with dill seeds, mustard seeds, whole black peppercorns, and a dash of sugar. If desired, customize it with your preferred seasonings.
  • Pickle Granules | I like to use Ball pickle crisp granules to pickle okra and other veggies properly.
  • Garlic | Add a garlic clove to each far to further boost the flavor.
  • Water and vinegar | The base of the pickling brine include water and a couple of cups of apple cider vinegar. If preferred, use wine, malt, or white vinegar instead.
  • Salt | Add a pinch of kosher salt before boiling the brine so it completely dissolves.

How to make Southern Pickled Okra

The pickling process spans a couple of days, but the steps of this easy recipe are simple and require minimal effort!

STEP 1 | Sterilize the jars

Start by sterilizing the jars and lids in simmering water or place them in a 250-degree oven for about 10 minutes.

STEP 2 | Prep the okra and fill the jars

slicing the stems off okra pods; packing sterilized jars with whole okra pods.

Once the jars are well sterilized and cooled, rinse the fresh okra and trim the tops, being careful not to cut into the pods.

Next, fill the jars by placing some pods stem up and some stem down, fitting as many pods in the pint-sized jar as possible.

STEP 3 | Add garlic, granules, and seasoning

adding spices to a jar of okra pods before pickling.

Then, add a clove of garlic to each jar and sprinkle in the pickle crisp granules.

Season with 1 teaspoon of dill seed, 1/4 teaspoon of mustard seeds, 1/4 teaspoon of peppercorns, and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.

tips

  • Store the jars of pickled okra in a cool, dry place for up to a year. Once the jar has been opened, move it to the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • If you’re gifting the jars to friends and loved ones, make tags or cards with instructions on keeping the okra fresh and when they will expire.
  • Having a jar lifter, canning rack, and other canning equipment helps the process run smoother.

STEP 4 | Add hot brine to jars

pouring pickling brine into a jar of okra pods for pickled okra.

Combine the water, apple cider vinegar, and salt in a large pot. Bring the ingredients to a rolling boil, then turn off the heat and carefully begin to ladle the hot pickling liquid into each jar, filling to within 1/4 inch from the top.

STEP 5 | Seal the jars

Next, wipe any drips from the rims with damp, clean towels, place bands and lids, and tighten the rings.

STEP 6 | Place jars in the hot water bath

Now, process the jars in a boiling hot water bath for 10 minutes, ensuring the water level is 1 inch over the top of the jars. 

STEP 7 | Cool Jars 

Remove the hot jars from the water bath and place them on a clean, dry towel on the counter. Cool completely, leaving them undisturbed for 12 to 24 hours.

a pint jar of pickled okra sitting on a kitchen towel.

STEP 8 | Test seals of jars and store

Finally, ensure the lids have been sealed properly by gently pressing down in the middle. Allow the okra to sit in the pickling brine for at least 3 days before serving.

Then, store and serve when ready!

Frequently asked questions

Can you use frozen okra for canning?

Because the freezing process softens the okra, I don’t recommend using frozen okra for pickling.

Is pickled okra slimy?

Not at all! Because you never cut into the pod, the pickled veggie stays crisp, and the vinegar neutralizes any chance of slimy texture anyway.

Is pickled okra good for you?

Okra has health benefits, like fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. They are known for lowering blood sugar levels, and pickled okra is good for your gut!

Variations and substitutions

  • Make spicy pickled okra: Add dried red peppers to the jars for a hint of heat before adding the brine. Red pepper flakes and other spicy seasoning may also do the trick.
  • Larger okra? Use extra large mason jars if you want to pickle larger okra pods. This recipe is written for single-pint jars. Keep in mind that smaller okra pods produce the best flavor and texture.
  • Seasonings: Want to use different spices? Add in some celery seeds, extra garlic, or even fresh dill. Really, it is your choice.
  • Make it sweet: Some recipes call for a sweeter version. If that is your thing, add granulated sugar to your liking.

Make quick pickled okra with the refrigerator method

You can easily make a small batch or single jar of pickled okra by simply skipping the water bath canning.

Follow the recipe up to the water bath canning step. After adding brine to the jars, cool completely before storing them in the refrigerator.

As with the home canning method, let the okra set in the brine for 3 days before eating. Refrigerator pickles are good for 3 to 4 weeks.

Storage tips

  • When your pickled okra is stored in a cool, dark place, it should last approximately one year. Before storing, ensure the lids are sealed to prevent air leaks.
  • When it is time to pull them out of storage, check for air bubbles or mold. Unfortunately, those jars need to be tossed.
  • If a jar does not seal from the get-go, go ahead and place it in the fridge and use it immediately.
  • Once a jar has been opened, store it in the refrigerator.

Can’t get enough okra?

Well, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this tasty veggie! Try my Peppery Grilled Okra for a classic taste, crispy Oven-Fried Okra, or Roasted Okra with Bacon Vinaigrette for more delicious flavor!

pickled okra on top of a salad with a jar in the background.

Serving suggestions

Serve your homemade pickled okra as the perfect garnish on this Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing with Fritos or on this Greek Turkey Burgers recipe to bring extra flavor to the dish!

It also pairs wonderfully on salads with this easy Pickled Red Onions Recipe that takes under an hour to make!

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an open jar of pickled okra sitting on a table with a fork stuck into a pod of okra.

Homemade Pickled Okra Recipe

Slightly sweet, this crispy Pickled Okra is the perfect garnish for salads, burgers, and even pork barbecue or fried chicken.
4.10 from 21 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 7 pints
Calories 79 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 pounds fresh okra small pods, about 4 inches each
  • 7 teaspoons dill seed
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 3 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ball pickle crisp granules
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 ½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • cup kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Sterilize jars and lids directly before using (heat in simmering water or by laying jars on oven rack in a 250-degree oven for about 10 minutes).
  • Rinse okra and trim tops — do not cut into the pods. Fill jars by placing some pods stem up and some stem down.
  • To each jar, add 1 teaspoon dill seed, 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed, 1/4 teaspoon peppercorns, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/8 teaspoon pickle crisp granules, and a clove of garlic.
  • In a large pot, combine the water, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and carefully begin to ladle the hot pickling brine into each jar, filling to within 1/4 inch from the top.
  • Wipe any drips from the rims with a clean damp cloth, place the lids, and finger tighten the rings.
  • Process in a boiling water bath (making sure the water level is 1 inch over the top of the jars) for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the jars from the water bath and place them on a clean dry towel on the counter. Cool completely, leaving them undistrubed for 12 to 24 hours.
  • Ensure the lids have sealed properly by gently pressing down in the middle. Let the okra sit in the pickling brine (in the jars) for at least 3 days before serving. Store

Notes

Store in a cool, dry place for up to a year. Once the jar has been opened, store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Make quick pickled okra with the refrigerator method:
  • You can easily make a small batch or single jar of pickled okra by simply skipping the water bath canning.
  • Follow the recipe up to the water bath canning step. After adding brine to the jars, cool completely before storing them in the refrigerator.
  • As with the home canning method, let the okra set in the brine for 3 days before eating. Refrigerator pickles are good for 3 to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 4gSodium: 108mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9g

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword okra, pickled
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About Sheila Thigpen

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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

 

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3 Comments

    1. Sharon, I haven’t heard of a pickled okra recipe that doesn’t need refrigeration after opening. That would indeed be amazing!

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