Okra and Rice

17.5.15 | Recipe by Renz
Okra and Rice

Are you tired of eating that plain old rice? Then here's a recipe for you for a for some variety.

In this dish you are not going to get that okra in that slimy way that I detest eating it. With this rice mix we are going to eliminate that gummy residue that we usually don't like okra for and have a nice seasoned dish.

I was, or should say am not, an okra lover. I am unsure how people manage to eat them boiled especially and like it. I always give my dad a face when I see it on his plate. 

I can manage however, eating it with rice, once that residue is not there. I know some people do like that, but thankfully my aunt taught me how to get that sliminess out of the okra. 

The ingredients for this are pretty basic. The okra, rice, garlic, coconut milk, onion are the main things. You will also need water, black pepper and salt to taste.

Okra and Rice

The okras need to be cut up. After cutting the head and the ends off of the tail, the rest would be cut up in about 2 inch pieces to be cooked.

The trick to getting the slim out of the okra is basically frying it in the oil, onion and garlic till it is gone. This takes about five minutes. When the okra is all fried up you add the green seasoning to the pot.

Okra and Rice

We then get ready to add the rice and mix with okra then the add coconut milk

Okra and Rice

And the hardest part of making the rice is done. Bring everything to a high boil and then lower to a simmer until rice is cooked.

I can't believe I'm eating this, much less cooking it now as I have gotten older. I honestly would not eat when my parents cooked.

This rice can be nicely paired with some steam fish on the side or sometimes we even add salt fish (cod) to the rice while it is cooking. A great vegetarian option

Okra and Rice

I am still not 100% sold on eating okra in any other way than this. Ha. Baby steps I guess.

I always wonder if anyone else (any other culture) eats okra with rice? Do you?

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Okra and rice

Okra (Ochro) and Rice

A delicious one pot cook up dish of white rice with ochro (okra) and coconut milk. Can also be cooked with saltfish and/or pigtail.
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  • 12 - 15 okras (ochros) cut into 2" slices
  • 2 tablespoons green seasoning
  • 2 cups of uncooked parboiled rice
  • 1/2 a small onion thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup coconut milk (Make your own)
  • 1 cup water + additional water
  • Black pepper and salt to taste
  • Flavor pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. Heat pan and add oil
  2. Add crushed garlic, okras and onion to pan
  3. Stir fry for 5 - 6 minutes until gummy residue from okras disappear
  4. Add green seasoning and stir
  5. Add rice to mixture. Stirring to ensure it is evenly coated and okra is evenly distributed.
  6. Add coconut milk and water
  7. Bring mixture to a high boil
  8. Lower heat to a simmer for 20 - 25 until rice is tender. Add additional water if rice is not fully cooked and liquid has reduced
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