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Grilled Chili Lime Okra

Crispy grilled Okra with just a touch of lime and chilis is the worlds simplest green veggie on a stick.  Grilled Okra_IMG_0351

I was looking for a green vegetable to grill with my Japanese Yakitori. Yakitori in Japanese literally means to grill chicken but the term can also mean to grill anything on sticks in general. In the market, I grabbed some mushrooms, Japanese long onions (negi) and some peppers. My husband who was doing a little shopping with me chose a bottle of chilled sake and a couple of packages of okra from the market. I shrugged my shoulders at first to okra? However, I said what the heck lets give it a try.

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I don't know about you but the only experience I have had with okra is the slimy ones in a pot of jambalaya or in a stew. I quite like the taste of okra but I do not like whole texture issue as it interferes with my dining experience.

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I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that the grilling the okra is the perfect solution to keeping the okra crisp and firm and delicious. This recipe is super easy and just perfect the perfect way to celebrate the grilling season. If you do not have a BBQ grill then a grill pan also works perfectly.

Today in Hong Kong, might be one of those days that you use a grill pan or roast your okra instead of grilling.  Super Typhoon Rammasun is passing by and sharing a little bit of wind and rain in Hong Kong. Praying for all of those that have lost their lives and their families in the Philippines and praying that it slows down before it makes landfall on to the Hainan Island and China.

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Grilling things on sticks is something that almost every country enjoys. We have a gas grill outside on our very little balcony where I really enjoy taking in our million dollar views.

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Every day it is really a new stunning scenery. Dinner time usually means I am cooking out just as the sun is setting. With the camera in one hand and a pair of tongs in the other I am a very happy girl.

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I love trying to grill different vegetables and one of my last favourites was my Fruity Scallops on grilled cabbage cups . There is something very interesting that happens to vegetables as they taste even sweeter and they take on a little smokey flavour from the BBQ.

I love to barbecue and if you are looking for some fun and easy ideas for entertaining out on the grill I hope you take a look at some of my other recipes from the archives...

Cajun BBQ Tower of Love - Cajun grilled shrimp stacked with a corn salsa on top of a moist and delicious gluten-free jalapeno corn bread.

Fig and Caramelized Onion BBQ Ribs- finger licking good ribs that take advantage of the sweetness from natural figs and onions

Grilled Harvest Wraps- Fun and easy help your self bar. You just lay out the supplies, your guests make their wraps and then pop them on the grill.

Emerald Chicken Kabobs- Parsley is such an under used fresh herb but it really makes this chicken kabob dish delicious, especially if you marinade the night before.

Peking Glazed Beer Butt Chicken- With a beer in one hand and basting brush in the other, this is a perfect way to enjoy the evening with family and friends.

Veggies in a Blanket with Red Pepper Pesto  Here is a great dish for the vegan and vegetarians in the family. Vegetables on the grill go through an amazing transformation. The natural sweetness from the vegetables comes out as they are cooked just until you have nice grill marks and are fork tender.

I hope you enjoy this fast and easy Grilled Chili Lime Okra as much as our family did. My boys love their food spicy so I added some Thai bird chilis for them, but it is just as delicious without for those that like their food mild like me.

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Happy Grilling!

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Grilled Chili Lime Okra

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , , , , ,

July 18, 2014

Crispy grilled Okra with just a touch of lime and chilis is the worlds simplest green veggie on a stick.

  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

wooden skewers - 8 (pre-soaked in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning)

okra - 12 pieces or about 4 pieces per person

olive oil - 2 tablespoons

garlic - 1 clove finely chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)

salt and pepper - to taste

chili peppers - 1 bird eye chill either sliced or just bashed with a knife depending on how hot you like it (optional)

lime juice - juice of 1 lime

Directions

1Pre-soak wooden skewers for at about 30 minutes to prevent burning on the grill. Preheat the BBQ grill.

2In a sealable baggie, mix together okra, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, chili peppers (optional) and mix well.

3Place the okra on the wooden skewer. I used two skewers side by side and threaded each okra on in two spots to give it more stability when turning on the grill.

4Grill okra for about 2-3 minutes on each side or just until some grill marks are showing on the okra. Remove from Grill. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top of the grilled okra.

5Enjoy!

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