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Hot Pickled Okra Recipe

Pickled Okra

Two jars of my home-made pickled okra.

Two jars of my home-made pickled okra.

Pickled okra is one of my family’s favorite snacks! Adding a little jalapeno to this recipe gives it some extra flavor. It’s not hot, just has a little snap. If you like your pickled okra hot, simply add another jalapeno. It's just that easy. Not only is it tasty, but it is very good for you too. Okra is very nutritious and is high in both types of fibers and calcium. When our daughter, Jenna was younger, she would eat the entire pint jar at one time if we would have let her.

We grow our own okra each year and use the smaller ones to make our pickled okra. We have to make more and more each year as our grandchildren are now eating it too! All my kids and grand kids know that a trip to Nana’s house means taking home pickles and pickled okra. This recipe will make approximately 6 pint jars.



Canning Supplies

Supplies needed for canning pickled okra.

Supplies needed for canning pickled okra.

Utensils Needed

6 pint canning jars with lids, sterilized

1 medium saucepan for water mixture

1 large cooking pot with lid, or canner

1 jar “grabber” to pick up hot jars


Fresh Picked Okra

Freshly picked okra on kitchen cabinet.

Freshly picked okra on kitchen cabinet.

Ingredients

1 pt white vinegar

1 quart water

1/3 cup canning salt

¼ teaspoon dill seed

½ teaspoon celery seed

6 cloves garlic

6 jalapeno peppers, optional

Approximately 6-7 lbs fresh okra, 2-3 inches long


Canning Lids in Hot Water

Preparation

Place your pint jars and rings, not attached, into your dishwasher and wash on the hottest setting. This is the easiest way to sterilize them. I also place the lids for the jars in a bowl of very hot water to help soften the rubber to help them seal. Be sure to check you jars for any small chips or cracks on the rims as this will keep them from sealing good.



Okra Packed in Jars

Directions

Mix vinegar, water and salt in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. As you are waiting for this to boil, put about 2 inches of water in large saucepan. You may want to add about 1 teaspoon of vinegar to this water to help prevent water “staining” on the outside of your jars. Add the dill seed, celery seed, 1 clove of garlic and 1 jalapeno pepper, if desired, to the bottom of each jar. Now pack as much okra into the jar as you can. I will place one in tip first and then alternate. This lets you pack more okra in each jar.


Hot Jars on Towel

Two hot jars of pickled okra sitting on towel.

Two hot jars of pickled okra sitting on towel.

Now pour the boiling vinegar mixture over the okra, leaving about ½ inch of headspace. Be sure you wipe the rim of the jar to remove any salt or seeds that may keep the jar from sealing well. Now place the lid on the jar and screw the ring on fairly tightly. Bring the water in the large pan to a boil. Now let these "bathe" in the boiling water for about 10 minutes.

I will take a couple of cup towels and fold them in half and put them on the counter to place my hot jars on. Remove the jars using the jar grabber and place them on the cup towels to allow them to cool. As they start cooling down you will hear the lids pop when they seal. Before you store them always check the lids to see that they have sealed well. You can do this by pressing down in the center of the lid with your finger. If the jar is sealed good, it will not “give” any. Pickled okra will store very well for up to 1 year. After a year, they tend to get a little mushy.

The pickled okra should set for about 1 week before you eat it, to get its full flavor. (If you can wait that long!) I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as I have enjoyed sharing it!


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Comments

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 05, 2020:

I just planted some okra seeds in the ground yesterday. It is one type of crop that is not robbed by birds, squirrels, or other critters. I can no longer grow eggplants in our yard. There are too many opossums, etc. that take them before I can harvest them. So now I grow items that they do not seem to like as much. I will keep your pickling recipe in mind this year as the okra starts being harvested.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on June 18, 2016:

They are really good, especially if you already like okra. Thank you for stopping by, Audrey! :)

Audrey Howitt from California on June 17, 2016:

This just struck me as delicious!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 01, 2015:

Thank you, Sujaya! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 01, 2015:

Thank you so much, DDE! :)

sujaya venkatesh on November 19, 2015:

so inviting

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 28, 2015:

I like the idea for a pickle. You shared a useful recipe. I shared on Twitter.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on October 09, 2015:

Hello, moonlake! It is really good. We can't keep enough, our kids have to take a jar home with them almost every time they come over! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on October 09, 2015:

I had never heard of pickled okra until I married hubby. His mom shared her recipe and we added a bit to it. This okra isn't too hot if you use mild "tam" jalapenos. Hubby isn't too keen on really hot stuff either. Thank you for the share, pin, tweet and especially the angels!

moonlake from America on October 03, 2015:

Love okra. I bet your pickled okra is the best.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 03, 2015:

O, this takes me back. My Momma and Daddy grew tons of okra over the years when I was a young child and even into my adulthood. Momma did can okra that was pickled but without the heat. Daddy was not-s0-much on the hot foods.

So this looks like something I must give a try.

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Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 10, 2015:

Hi Kristen! Okra is definitely a "southern" food. Most people either love it or hate it, there doesn't seem to be a "middle of the road" when liking okra. I do hope you give me recipe a try, you might be one of those "okra lovers"! :)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on September 08, 2015:

I don't think I've had okra before. It sounds interesting to give it a try, pickled or fried or regular. Thanks for great recipe!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 05, 2015:

I have never tried mango or guava pickles, they sound delicious!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 02, 2015:

i love pickles especially mango and guava, never try on okra, wonderful recipe

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 01, 2015:

Thank you Patricia! I love okra, especially fried, but the pickled okra is delicious. I hope you give it a try sometime, I think you will like it!

sujaya venkatesh on September 01, 2015:

a good lick-up indeed

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 31, 2015:

Okra is a favorite of mine...my Momma and Daddy had bunches of it growing every summer and Momma knew how to cook it just right. I never had any pickled okra but it sounds like something I must try.

Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Angels are once again on the way to you and yours ps

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 26, 2013:

Hello trusouldj! I hope you give my recipe a try. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on March 25, 2013:

Oh my. This is so cool.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 14, 2013:

Hello mr-veg! I never heard of pickled okra either, until I met my hubby. I tried some his mom had made and it was delicious! We have tweaked her recipe, just a little. We have to make a lot every year as all our kids and grandkids want to take a jar home with them. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 14, 2013:

Hi Peggy! Hearing those lids pops, means job well done! LOL I'm glad you enjoyed my hub, thanks for the votes and share! It is always appreciataed! Have a great day! :)

mr-veg from Colorado United States on March 14, 2013:

WoW, I never knew that pickled Okra exists :) ... Thanks for sharing Sheila, will surely try it out...

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2013:

Your pickled okra canning recipe sounds great! I remember when I was canning tomatoes and applesauce and choke cherry jelly when living in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin...I use to love hearing those lids pop.

I like some of the comments also as to how they use the pickled okra. Thanks! Voted up, useful and sharing.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 31, 2012:

He Dee! I am glad you are going to give this recipe a try, I am sure you will like it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)

Dee aka Nonna on March 31, 2012:

Being a southern girl I love okra and I adore jalapeno's..this recipe sounds like a winner and I am definitely going to give it a try. Voted up and interesting. If I like it and I am sure I will, I will come back and add awesome.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 29, 2012:

Hello dinkan53. We love fried okra here in Oklahoma! I do hope you try the pickled okra, it is really very good! Thank you for stopping in and reading, commenting and voting on my hub, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

dinkan53 from India on March 29, 2012:

In our places okra is known as ladies finger and I love it. We usually cook and have it in a semi fried form with onion. Will try your recipe and finally have it in pickled form. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and rated as interesting.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 29, 2012:

Hi Brett! Always a pleasure to hear from you! Okra is really very good. Pickled it is even better! By putting a small jalapeno pepper in the jar,it just gives it a little "snap". It really isn't hot. I eat the jalapeno when the jar is empty! We are going to try some pickled peppers this year too! Thanks for stopping by, commenting and sharing, you know it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Brett C from Asia on March 29, 2012:

Crisp clear instructions for this recipe. Never tried Okra, but I would imagine it to be tasty. While in SK I tried pickled chillies and boy they were addictive, although I little fiery! ha ha

Thanks for SHARING.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 24, 2012:

Hello pharmacist. I love okra and it is very good for you too. I'm glad you found my hub and I hope you try the recipe. Thank you for all! Have a wonderful day! :)

Jason Poquette from Whitinsville, MA on March 24, 2012:

This was so timely! Someone just gave me a jar of spicy pickled okra last month. I had never eaten okra in my life. I loved it! Now I find this! Awesome. Voted up, shared, bookmarked and awesome! Thanks!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 22, 2012:

Hi Rebecca. This recipe really is easy. I hope you like it. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a great day! :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 21, 2012:

I love okra and I must say this sounds easy. Will try this summer when the okra comes in!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 20, 2012:

Hello prasetio30. I hope you like it. Thank you for reading,commenting and voting on my hub. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 20, 2012:

It sound delicious. I can't wait to make it soon. I love your recipe. Thanks for share with us. Rated up and useful!

Prasetio

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 20, 2012:

Hello SanneL. You made me hungry for your Greek cheese, olives and fresh bread. I have never had ouzo, but I would try it! Thank you for kind comment, bookmarking and sharing! It is always appreciated. I thing you will really like them. Have a wonderful day! :)

SanneL from Sweden on March 20, 2012:

I have okra growing in my "Greek" garden. I use okra when I make a Greek dish with lemon. It's very delicious. However, I never thought to make pickles of okra. This recipe of yours sounds great. I guess the jalapeno peppers gives it a great kick. This will be a great appetizer with Greek feta cheese, Greek olives, fresh baked bread and a glass of ouzo. Definitely bookmarking and sharing. Thanks.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 18, 2012:

Hello punacoast. We always have pickled okra on the table at cookouts, etc. What a great idea, pickled okra in a martini, I would never have thought of that! We need to feed the bees all we can, their numbers are decreasing. Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Viet Doan from Big Island, Hawaii on March 18, 2012:

I love pickled okra and use them as appetizer (with goat cheese) at my dinner parties. Also excellent in martinis! Thanks for sharing the recipe Sgbrown. I plant okra in my garden, the lovely bright yellow flowers attract lots of bumble bees!