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Here’s how to make the best grilled okra! It’s beyond easy with just 4 ingredients, and it’s a flavor-filled side dish to any summer meal.

Grilled okra

Hey, okra fans; we’ve got your new favorite recipe. Meet this easy Grilled Okra! Just 10 minutes on the grill and this tasty vegetable comes out tender and full of smoky flavor. There’s no need for fancy seasoning: just throw it on the grill and you’ll be amazed at how incredible it tastes. This okra recipe is the perfect summer side dish for a grilled dinner, or it works as a grilled appetizer when you serve it with a dipping sauce. Let’s get grilling!

Got lots of okra? Try our Pickled Okra or Roasted Okra.

Ingredients for grilled okra

This recipe requires only 4 ingredients to make fantastic tasting grilled okra! Of course, you can get fancy with seasonings and dipping sauce too (keep reading). But for the basic recipe all you need is:

  • Fresh okra Make sure it’s the freshest you can find!
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
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How to grill okra

Grilled okra is one of the easiest grilled vegetables there is. You don’t even need to cut the veggies! Place them on the grill grates and they come out perfectly tender. Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat. That’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix the okra with olive oil: you don’t even need to measure — just enough to coat!
  • Grill on the grates 5 minutes per side. Flip with a spatula and grill until tender and charred! Spritz with fresh lemon juice and enjoy.
How to grill okra

Seasonings to spice up grilled okra

This recipe is for an easy, basic grilled okra recipe that comes out fresh and tender! But if you want to spice it up with some seasonings, there are lots of ways to take it up a notch. Here are a few ideas:

Add a dipping sauce!

This grilled okra is fabulous on its own: we inhaled it without a dipping sauce! But to make it more of a grilled appetizer than a grilled side dish, you can add a sauce! Here’s are a few ideas that we’d recommend:

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Grilled okra makes it a meal

Want to make it a meal? This grilled okra is perfect with all sorts of main dishes. Because they’re shaped like fries, they work well with burgers: or they’re perfect with shrimp or salmon. Here are favorite ways to accessorize this tasty side dish:

This grilled okra recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Grilled okra

Easy Grilled Okra

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Here’s how to make the best grilled okra! It’s beyond easy with just 4 ingredients, and it’s a flavor-filled side dish to any summer meal.


  • 12 ounces okra
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 lemon wedges


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
  2. Mix the okra with the olive oil.
  3. Place the okra directly on the grates. Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side (10 minutes total), until lightly charred. Sprinkle with the kosher salt and squeeze with the juice from the lemon wedges.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Grilled okra, How to grill okra

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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