A small green vegetable pods, elongated in shape, that contains numerous seeds, which release a sticky substance when cooked. Okra is commonly used as a thickener for soups and stews. It is an important ingredient in making gumbo but is also used in other dishes such as soups, stews, vegetable and meat dishes, or salads where it may be boiled, steamed, braised, sautéed, or fried. If cooked in a metal pot, it will turn black so it is best to used porcelain, oven-safe glass, clay, or an enamel sufaced pan when preparing this vegetable.
Featured on: 1/18/2013