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Rice & Okra


From EatingWell:  January/February 1991

In this dish, one of the myriad Creole variations on white rice, the okra is steamed, not boiled, and has none of the gummy properties for which it is known. Frozen okra may be substituted. Partially thaw it before slicing and add it directly to the boiled rice in the colander before steaming. There is no need to brown it.

6 servings | Active Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes



  1. Wash okra, cut off ends and cut it into wheels.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and lightly brown okra for 3 minutes.
  3. Add water, scallions, parsley, thyme, garlic, Scotch Bonnet pepper or jalapeño and salt to the pot, bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Add rice and boil gently, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Drain the rice, place it in a large sieve or colander over a pot of boiling water, cover and steam for 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Transfer to a serving bowl, taste and adjust seasonings.


Per serving : 319 Calories; 2 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 66 g Carbohydrates; 7 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 399 mg Sodium; 230 mg Potassium

4 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 4 starch, 1 vegetable