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Okra Stir Fry

Okra Stir Fry

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Okra is such an interesting vegetable – some love it and some hate it. We are a fan! We usually cook this veggie with this recipe – by a simple Chinese Stir Fry Okra with garlic and dried chili peppers.

Dried Chili Peppers

I like to use dried chili peppers with this dish to add some spiciness. However, it is completely optional.

For those of you that like spicy, this Dried Chili Peppers is a great ingredient to have around the house.

Depending on the one you buy it could be spicy vs. not that spicy – there’s literally thousands of varieties.

The most common one I use is Tianjin pepper, aka Chao Tian Jiao, which actually directly translate to facing the sky because they grow pointing upwards! Chao Tian Jiao are commonly used in Hunan and Sichuan cuisine, so for example, often used in Kung Pao Chicken!

If you are looking to learn more about Chinese sauces, condiments and other pantry items, check out my article here!

How to Stir Fry Okra?

First gather your ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 dried chili peppers (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 lb okra
  • Salt, as desired

Prepare ingredients prior to stir fry – The dried chili peppers will need to be broken down to be more spicy. Break chili peppers into 3 parts. For the okra, using a knife cut it into 1-inch length. Smash the garlic.

Now heat vegetable oil in a wok or cooking pan over medium high heat. Add the dried chili peppers and garlic. Allow it to cook for about half a minute or a minute, until it starts sizzling and is fragrant.

Add okra to the skillet, along with 2 tbsp of water. Stir fry everything together for about 5 minutes or until okra is cooked thoroughly.

Season with salt to taste and stir to combine.

Remove from heat and serve.

Okra Stir Fry

Okra Stir Fry

Bite sized okra stir fried with smashed garlic and dried chili peppers makes an easy and delicious veggie side dish!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 dried chili peppers (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 lb okra
  • Salt, as desired

Instructions

    1. Prepare ingredients prior to stir fry – The dried chili peppers will need to be broken down to be more spicy. Break chili peppers into 3 parts. For the okra, using a knife cut it into 1-inch length. Smash the garlic.
    2. Now heat vegetable oil in a wok or cooking pan over medium high heat. Add the dried chili peppers and garlic. Allow it to cook for about half a minute or a minute, until it starts sizzling and is fragrant.
    3. Add okra to the skillet, along with 2 tbsp of water. Stir fry everything together for about 5 minutes or until okra is cooked thoroughly
    4. Season with salt to taste and stir to combine.
    5. Remove from heat and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information. Keep in mind that if there is a marinade, often times not all the ingredients will be consumed.

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