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How To Prepare Fresh Okra

Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh okra
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

How to Make It

  1. To Clean: Use only fresh pods 2 to 4 inches long. Tender okra will snap easily; old pods are dull and woody. Wash okra; remove stems, and slice as directed in recipe.

  2. Note: When cooking whole okra, leave a small portion of stem for a firmer texture.

  3. To Boil: Place whole okra, salt, and water to cover in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover, and simmer 10 minutes or until tender. Drain. Stir in butter and lemon juice.

  4. Other Cooking Methods: Steam whole; cut crosswise, and batter and fry or deep-fry.

  5. Serving Suggestions: Okra may be served with Drawn Butter, Fresh Tomato Sauce, or Lemon-Butter Sauce.

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