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15-minute easy Spicy Okra recipe

Looking for ways to enjoy okra or add more greens to your meal? Then, you need to try this simple, healthy, and delicious 15-minute Okra recipe. These okras were simply blanched and slathered with a tasty and spicy homemade sauce that's perfectly yummy as a cold or warm side dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: 15-minute, okra
Servings: 3
Author: woonheng


  • 1 lb okra
  • 1 oz firm tofu mashed
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 3 Thai chiles chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegan oyster sauce
  • a splash of toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup of water
  • neutral oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or more to taste


  • Prepare the sauce: Place soy sauce, vegan oyster sauce, toasted sesame oil in a bowl and whisk to combine. In another bowl, mix together cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Set both mixture aside.
  • Prepare the okra: Wash and clean the okra. Prepare a bowl of cold water and set it aside.
  • Fill half of the 5-quart or a big wok with water and bring to boil. Add a drizzle of oil and salt. Then, cook the okra for 2 minutes.
  • Remove and transfer the okra to the cold water and let it sit for 2-3 minutes, then drain.
  • Cut off the top and end of the okra and slice it in half or leave it as a whole.
  • Arrange the prepared okra on a plate.
  • Heat a small non-stick skillet with 2 teaspoons of oil. Then, sauté the mashed tofu until golden brown over medium heat. Push the tofu to the side of the pan, add a drizzle of oil then continue to sauté garlic and chile for a few more seconds until garlic is fragrant.
  • Using low heat, add the sauces and cornstarch mix, then quickly stir to combine.
  • Pour this sauce on top of the okra.
  • Mix the sauces with okra before serving. This dish can be served at room temperature or as a cold dish.