Grilled Okra with Garlic Vinaigrette

Grilled Okra with Garlic Vinaigrette

Servings: 4-6 (as a side)

Source: Culinary Vegetable Institute



  • 1lb Okra, washed

  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, micro planed into a pulp or finely minced

  • Zest of 3 lemons

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 Envelope of Micro Herbs or Micro Greens.

  • 1 tsp Salt, + more to taste

  • 10 - 16 Soaked Wooden Skewers.



  • Preheat a grill pan, outdoor grill, broiler, or other preferred method of cooking the okra in advance of the cooking.

  • In a small saucepan combine the minced garlic, and olive oil.

  • On medium heat, warm the oil until the garlic begins to bubble and the mixture begins to simmer before removing the pot from the heat and allowing it to rest for 2 minutes before the procedure is repeated.

  • After the second resting period, add the lemon juice and zest, and 1 tsp of kosher salt. Stir to combine. (if using micro herbs, chop them and add them to the vinaigrette at this point.)

  • Skewer the Okra in preparation for cooking. *Note - At the Vegetable Institute, we opted to sort the okra by size so that we could cook similarly sized pieces together. We also used 2 skewers so that the okra was more easily turned on the grill.

  • Cook the Okra on your grill (or preferred high heat method) without the use of any oil. Dry heat and clean flavor is the goal here.

  • After a couple minutes per side, remove the okra to a serving tray and while it is warm, sauce it generously with the garlic vinaigrette and finish with a sprinkling of salt.

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