How to Freeze Fresh Okra

freezing okra

Okra, the jewel of the southern garden, can get a bad rap for being… well, slimy. You’ll find that most people are either okra lovers or haters, and thankfully most of my family is in the lover category. (Particularly if said vegetable is fried, ahem.) If you’ve ever grown okra in the garden, then you know that once it starts coming in, it can be difficult to eat it all. Once you begin to harvest okra (check out my post here on when to harvest) you have a few days to use it before it starts turning brown and soft in spots. So what’s a quick way to freeze okra for use later?

My Granny imparted her okra-preserving wisdom on me for this “recipe.” She doesn’t keep track of oven temperatures or how many minutes it should be in there, so there was a bit of testing going on. But the result was non-slimy okra ready to go in the freezer in 15 minutes from start to finish. Voila! So if you’re having a busy week, and unable to cook okra before it goes bad, here’s an easy way to get it freezer-ready in no time at all.

How to Freeze Fresh Okra
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash your tender okra pods in cool water and drain in a colander. Once relatively dry, move them to a cutting board, and decide how you’d like to cut them. freezing okra
  2. Cut okra and place on rimmed baking sheet. I like to cut mine into 1/2 inch pieces for easy use in smoothies and soups. (If you’ve never had frozen okra in a smoothie, you’re totally missing out. The Trim Healthy Mama book introduced me to this.)freezing okra
  3. Place baking sheet in preheated oven for 3-4 minutes. You just want the okra pieces warmed through, not cooked. freezing okra
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. The moisture that was on the okra has dried a bit after the short time in the oven, and once cool, they are ready for the freezer.
  5. Place cooled okra in labeled freezer bags, and use throughout the fall and winter as needed! freezing okra
  • If you prefer fried okra (or “oven fried”) then you can go ahead and coat your cooled okra in cornmeal before putting it in the freezer bags.
  • For freezing whole pods, cut off the tops and warm the pods in the oven. Then freeze as usual.

These freezing instructions are great for those growing okra in your home gardens. But it also is perfect if you happen to grab some fresh okra from your local farmer’s market. Fresh is fresh, and buying local veggies in season is always better than shipped-from-who-knows-where out of season. So buy up (or pick) that okra now and “put it up” (as we southerners say) for use later.

I’d love to know what your favorite okra dish is. Comment below and let me know, because I’m always looking for news ways to use this super vegetable!

Here’s my recipe for Oven Roasted Okra, and a guide for How to Harvest Okra.


DIY 4th of July Windsock

The good old red, white, and blue... while we can fly the American flag any time of year, many of us pull out patriotic decorations as Independence Day draws closer. And as much as I love a simple flag or bunting on a porch railing, I wanted a way to get the little...

How to Direct Compost

If you've been hesitant to jump on the composting train, then I may have an easy solution for you. Direct compost was introduced to me over a year ago by a fellow blogger, Karen (you can check out her blog here). I had been a fairly traditional tumbler-owning...

Double Chocolate Beet Muffins

Beets are the only vegetable that I've ever mistaken for cranberry sauce. True story. And that is one mistake that I have never forgotten. My 8-year-old self scooped up that bright magenta orb onto my spoon expecting the sweet, tart taste of smooth, canned cranberry...

Welcome to The Kitchen Garten!

I'm Courtney, a southern gardener, cook, baker, wife, and mother. Our adventures involve dirty hands, sprouting seeds, and anything else a good garden needs. I'd love to have you follow along!

blogger challenge fall
Featured on

Stay Up-To-Date On What's Happening in the Garten!

Join our mailing list to receive a FREE Kitchen Garden Planner as well as the latest tips, recipes, and updates from The Kitchen Garten.

Your planner is on the way!

Pin It on Pinterest

%d bloggers like this: