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Okra Soup Recipe

Okra is one of those ingredients that doesn’t seem to come up in recipes very often – in fact, it may be something you’ve never cooked before!

Yet it is a vegetable that’s well worth including in your diet – it is low in calories, packed with nutrients and has a lovely, mild flavor, somewhat similar to eggplant.

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The thing that tends to put most people off okra is its texture – it has a reputation for being slimy. And let’s face it, ‘slimy’ is never a texture we aspire to when cooking! 

It’s true that okra does have a ‘unique’ texture, and this is down to its seeds, which are mucilaginous (defined as having a viscous or gelatinous consistency).

In this okra soup recipe the consistency is actually an advantage, as it provides a natural thickener to the soup. In turn that makes it feel much more hearty and satisfying as a meal. 

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Preparing okra

One of the great things about okra is that it doesn’t take much preparation at all! Just rinse it well, pat it dry and you’re ready to go.

It can be cooked whole or sliced, with no peeling or trimming required, so it’s a good ingredient to use if you’re in a hurry.

In this recipe the okra is sliced, and you can do it in whichever way you prefer – either crossways (into rounds), lengthways (into strips) or even diagonally!

Storing okra

Once you’ve bought the fresh okra for this recipe you can keep it in the vegetable tray in your refrigerator for up to four days, either in a paper bag or loosely wrapped in plastic. 

If you end up buying more than you need, you can freeze the rest to use later – just blanch it for a few minutes in boiling water first, then pop it into an ice bath to stop it coking further. 

Learn more about how to freeze okra

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Creole Seasoning

This recipe calls for Creole seasoning – but if you don’t have any (and don’t want to buy any for just one recipe) then it is really easy to make your own.

All you’ll need is:

  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Black pepper
  • White pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried basil
  • Dried thyme
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Okra is great served fried, too. Why not try this delicious Gluten Free Fried Okra recipe and see for yourself?

Or try this Oven Roasted Okra recipe – the roasting process helps dry out the pods. It’s delicious.
Looking for great sides to go with soup? Check out these 9 sides for soup – they’re some of our favorites!
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Okra Soup Recipe

Amber Bracegirdle
This Creole-style okra soup recipe produces a dish that is rich in flavor and delicious served with fresh crusty bread.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 1 serving
Calories 117.5 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Olive Oil
  • 1 Butter
  • 4 Green Onion thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 Garlic minced
  • 1 Celery sliced
  • 2 Chicken Stock preferably unsalted
  • 1 Canned Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz can, undrained)
  • 10 Okra
  • 1 Corn Kernels fresh, canned or frozen
  • 1 Cajun Creole Seasoning
  • 1 Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Melt the butter and olive oil in a medium saucepan over a medium-low heat. 
  • Add the white parts of the green onion, garlic, and celery and cook until the celery is tender.
  • Next, pour in the chicken stock and add the tomatoes, sliced okra, corn kernels, and Creole seasoning.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and cover the pan. 
  • Simmer until the okra is tender, which should take around 20 to 30 mins.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle the reserved green onion tops over the top of each bowl of soup before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 117.5kcalCarbohydrates: 10.5gProtein: 1gFat: 6.25gSaturated Fat: 0.25gSodium: 601.25mgFiber: 0.75gSugar: 1.25g
Keyword Okra, Soups, Vegetables
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