Okra Salad

Okra Salad

Okra has a mild flavor but somewhat unusual texture. When cut, it releases a sticky substance that is often used to thicken soups and stews. To minimize sliminess, keeping the pods whole helps. Perhaps one of the best way to eat this vegetable is to steam it. This mild vegetable is delicious dressed with a tangy and spicy sauce enhanced with the intense flavor of dried shrimps.

Dried shrimps are shrimps that have been sun dried. They have a rather unique taste that is different from fresh shrimps. Some may even say they have the so-called umami flavor. A little of this ingredient goes a long way as it is salty and pretty intense. It is often used in East Asian and Southeast Asian cooking.

Okra Salad

Back where I grew up, okra was known as “lady’s finger”. They were relatively inexpensive and easily available. They continue to be popular to this day and are frequently used in curries and spicy stir fries.This Okra Salad recipe is a slight adaption of my Mom’s recipe. Mom makes her own chili mixture but I am taking the easy way out by using ready made chili sauce.

Okra Salad
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 lb (450g) okra, trimmed
  • ¼ cup (30g) dried shrimp, washed and soaked for 10 minutes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp garlic chili sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  1. Drain dried shrimp and chop coarsely.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat vegetable oil over low heat. Add dried shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer together with the oil into a small bowl. Add lime juice, garlic chili sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  4. Place okra in a steamer and steam 7 to 8 minutes. When pierced with a fork, okra should be tender.
  5. Remove and place on a plate. Spoon shrimp mixture over okra. Serve immediately.

Okra Salad
NOTE: This post was updated on September 19th, 2013 with new pictures.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎


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  1. Kristi Rimkus says

    I haven't tried okra yet. As soon as we get moved and I have a kitchen again, I want to start expanding my cooking experiences. This looks like a great place to start!

  2. Lisa says

    This look so good! Love okra grilled, in stew and steamed but never had it with dried shrimp . Can't wait to try this ! Thank you and great photos

  3. lequan@luvtoeat says

    That is such a unique way to eat okra. The dried shrimp will definitely add some great flavor to the okra. We usually steam the okra as well and dip in fish sauce mixed with lime juice and garlic chili paste. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe Biren, will have to try it next tine we have okra. Have a wonderful day.

  4. Dongxing says

    Biren, what a coincidence! I just bought some okra from the market and is scratching my head on what to do with it. I have only ever cook okra in a salmon and vegetable curry so far. I will definitely cook this for dinner tomorrow – the full monty, dried shrimps and all! My husband dislike the taste and smell of dried shrimps but I am thinking "less man more share" for me! Thanks for the great idea

  5. sweetlife says

    we love okra..my girls kinds freak out when it's slimy..but I love it..Oh we use the dried shrimp to flavor our rice..it gives it such a great taste..

    great salad for denise's challenge


  6. redkathy says

    Oh boy this sounds great! my family loves okra, I'll be trying this one out for sure. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. the lacquer spoon says

    Thanks for the tasty recipe! Japanese loves okra too, and amazing to find the different cooking method from us :)

  8. Emily says

    I've always looked for new recipes for okra and I've found one :) I only wish that I can find dried shrimps where I live.
    Great recipe and photos! They look fab!

  9. tigerfish says

    I like okra. One way to make use of the "sticky substance" is to cook a stew where the thick consistency is much needed, like a gumbo. Of course, I like it steamed too.

  10. denise fletcher says

    Fantastic Biren! Looks so appetising. My grandma used to love this and made it very often when I was growing up! Pity my kids don't like typically Asian fare like this – I miss my grandma, looking at this! Now I have no "kaki" to eat this with LOL

  11. bunkycooks says

    I am cooking up some okra this season, too. Trying to convert the hubby! I am a brave soul playing around on FB today…Thanks to you and Denise for the info.

  12. petite nyonya says

    My late mom used to make okra similar to this too, using sambal belacan. I love it with lots of dried prawns!

  13. I Just Love My Apron says

    I had Okra with a Thai dressing long way back when I lived in Thailand. This brings back my good old memory. The salad looks so yummy!

  14. HeatherFeather says

    Biren – how on earth do you do it. You made okra, a vegetable I have always thought of as slimy and unattractive – look like a fashion statement. I actually do like the taste of okra, but your photos might win over some new fans. Nice job!

  15. rotinrice says

    Yes, you are right there. Okra is under appreciated. The dried shrimp really give the dish a lot of flavor.

  16. rotinrice says

    You don't see too many recipes with okra out there but it is actually quite a delicious vegetable.

  17. rotinrice says

    I say, it is a real pity that you don't have "kaki" to share this with. Make it for yourself on those rare occasions when you are alone :)

  18. rotinrice says

    I hope you are successful in converting hubby. It is always more enjoyable when the hubby likes it too :)

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