Recipe courtesy of Carla Hall

Grilled Okra with Spiced Sprinkle

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: as many as you want
When okra's fresh and plump in the summer, it's best barely cooked. With this quick grilling technique, it ends up as crunchy as a cucumber and smoky like barbecue. I sprinkle on the spice right after cooking so the residual heat from the grill takes the edge off the spices without burning them.


Barbecue Spice Blend:

Grilled Okra:


  1. For the barbecue spice blend: Mix all the spices together.
  2. For the grilled okra: Prepare a charcoal grill for direct grilling over hot coals, or heat a gas grill or grill pan to high.  
  3. Toss the okra pods with just enough oil to slick them. Grill them, turning occasionally, until grill marks appear and the okra turns a shade darker, about 5 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with salt and the spice blend to coat. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Cook’s Note

The Barbecue Spice Blend can be used immediately or sealed in a jar for up to 1 month. Makes about 3 1/2 tablespoons.