Okra is a natural thickening agent, most often used in gumbos, soups and stews. Here’s how to avoid cooking a slimey gumbo.
Rinse the okra and pat dry with a paper towel. Then, spread okra out onto a flat surface and salt heavily. The salt absorbs some, but not all additional moisture from the okra. Once you are ready to cook the okra, make sure your water, or sauce is almost boiling.
Place the okra in the hot liquid with cover. Turn down the heat, and the steam will cook the okra to perfection, resulting in “non-slimey” okra!
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