Avoid Slimy Okra By Boiling Before You Chop

Avoid Slimy Okra by Boiling Before You Chop

I enjoy a side of fried okra as much as the next Mississippian but, thanks to a delightful substance called "mucilage," prepping the pod can be slimy work. The solution is simple: cook the pods a bit before you chop them.

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The slippery substance is released when your knife severs the cellular walls of the plant, but heat increases the viscosity of the liquid, rendering it a little more manageable and much less gross. (This is why it's used as thickening agent in dishes like gumbo). By boiling the okra a few minutes before making any cuts, the slime factor is cut way down. You can then chop the pods and cook them however you wish. I recommend frying them. (Like really, why would you do anything else?)

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