Sir Fried Okra with Garlic, Chilies and Lime

Sir Fried Okra with Garlic, Chilies and Lime

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 large servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Southern


This simple stir-fried okra side dish is a healthy, delicious and foolproof way to serve okra. As a bonus, it’s vegan and paleo too!



  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 10 ounces okra, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 1-inch piece of ginger, julienned
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 12 red chilies, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 small handful cilantro, roughly chopped
  • A pinch of sea salt


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add half the okra. I like to turn most of the okra in the pan cut side facing down, so it browns well. After 1 minute sprinkle half the ginger, shallots, chilies and garlic over the okra. Sauté, occasionally shaking the pan to toss the okra, for about 5 minutes, or until the okra has browned well. Set the okra aside in a bowl. Repeat with the remaining coconut oil, okra, ginger, shallots, garlic, and chilies.
  2. Plate the okra, squeeze over some lime juice and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds, some cilantro and a pinch of sea salt.