How To Freeze Okra In 4 Easy Steps

Learning to Freeze Fresh Okra is easier than you may believe. It only requires 4 simple steps, and you will have your freezer full for those winter months ahead.

Sweet Summer Time. It’s that time of year again when the garden is growing, and you are harvesting baskets of fresh produce, including okra.

Here on the farm, we tend to have plenty of okra during the months of June through September. It seems like it just triples every time I cut it. So what do I do with all of that okra? I freeze it, of course.

Follow this simple recipe, and you will have as much okra as you can possibly fit into your freezer for those winter months.

How to Freeze Fresh Okra
How to Freeze Fresh Okra

How To Freeze Okra From The Garden

Wash–Wash okra by filling up your kitchen sink with cold water. Drop okra in the water and swish around to remove any dirt from the pods. Rinse clean. Remove from the water and place on a dishtowel.

Chop–Chop the okra into 1/2 inch rounds (or smaller if so desired). Discard the stems. You may also decide to NOT chop and leave the pods whole. This is also another great option for freezing.

Freeze–Freeze the okra by placing it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. To keep the okra from freezing in a giant blob, place okra in a single layer. Make sure they are not touching or overlapping. This will allow the okra to freeze in individual pieces- making it easier to use what is needed. Place into the freezer for at least 4 hours.

Transfer–Transfer to a Freezer safe bag- Once the okra is frozen, remove it from the freezer and place it in a freezer-safe zip-top bag—seal and label with the date. This will last in the freezer for up to a year.

Can You Freeze Okra Without Blanching?

Yes! Honestly, I never blanch my okra. I really don’t see this step to be necessary. The okra freezes well, and the taste is the same.

How To Cook Using Frozen Okra

When you are ready to cook with the frozen okra, just simply remove the amount you need from the bag, thaw, and cook. Frozen okra is great in soups, stews, and even fried. Be sure to check out my recipe for Crispy Southern Fried Okra for a delicious side dish or appetizer.

How to freeze fresh okra
How to Freeze Fresh Okra

How To Thaw Frozen Okra

Thawing okra is really quite simple. If you are planning on frying the okra, remove the amount you will need from the freezer. Put it in a bowl and fill it with warm water. Fill the bowl several times until the pods are thawed. This only takes a few minutes.

Learning How To Freeze Fresh Okra allows you to use frozen okra year-round. Plus, it freezes it in individual pieces allowing you to use only the amount that is needed for the recipe. This saves on waste and also makes it easier to thaw.

For more tips on How to Freeze Vegetables and Fruits, be sure to check out the pages below.

How to Freeze Strawberries
How to Freeze Onions
How to Freeze Peaches

 

How to Freeze Fresh Okra

How To Freeze Fresh Okra

Gina Abernathy
Learning to Freeze Fresh Okra is easier than you may believe. It only requires 4 simple steps, and you will have your freezer full for those winter months ahead.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • Fresh Okra sliced into rounds/whole

Instructions
 

  • Wash okra by filling up your kitchen sink with cold water. Drop okra in the water and swish around to remove any dirt from the pods. Rinse clean. Remove from the water and place on a dishtowel.
  • Chop the okra into 1/2 inch rounds (or smaller if desired). Discard the stems. You may also decide to NOT chop and leave the pods whole. This is also another great option for freezing.
  • Freeze the okra by placing it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. To keep the okra from freezing in a giant blob, place okra in a single layer. Make sure the pieces are not touching or overlapping. This will allow the okra to freeze in individual pieces- making it easier to use what is needed. Place into the freezer for at least 4 hours.
  • Once the okra is frozen, remove it from the freezer and place it in a freezer-safe zip-top bag-seal and label with the date. This will last in the freezer for up to a year.
Keyword okra, frozen okra

 

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