Pickled Okra

by Lana Stuart on September 10, 2010 · 29 comments

Pickled Okra

Here’s another little bit of southern deliciousness for you today – Pickled Okra! You know I’ve been canning all summer. First there was some simply delicious Strawberry Jam, then I showed you how to make our favorite Kosher Dills followed by a good Basic Salsa recipe. We’re already enjoying all of those. I might even have to make a few more jars of the kosher dills if I can get my hands on any pickling cukes this late in the season.

But I couldn’t let the summer end without sharing my recipe for Pickled Okra. This is my personal favorite. I’ll breeze right by a dill pickle if there’s pickled okra around. I love it with a sandwich or just as an accompaniment to some good, old-fashioned southern vegetables. It’s also a great addition to an antipasto platter.

When I get ready to make pickled okra, I hand select every pod for the recipe. Really. I literally stand there in the produce aisle or the farmer’s market and choose every single pod. I want them to be young, tender and no longer than the depth of a pint jar. It usually takes between 1 1/2 to 2 pounds to make three pints. You’ll have to use your cook’s judgment based on the okra that is available to you. If you have leftovers, so much the better! Slice it, dredge it in some cornmeal and fry it up!

Start by preparing the jars, rings and lids according to standard canning procedure.

If you haven’t canned before, or if it’s been a while since your last canning session, please review the process and get all your equipment ready before you start. One of the best resources for new and seasoned canners alike is the Ball Blue Book. It’s published by the people who make the Ball canning jars. It’s available in lots of locations and on the web at amazon.com.

Some other good online resources are:

The National Center for Home Food Preservation even offers a free online course in food preservation. It’s well worth the time for the amount of information you get!

My recipe makes three pints. Feel free to double it if you want more!

Makes three pints:
1 1/2 to 2 pounds small, tender okra pods
3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tsp. canning salt
3 tsp. dill seed
3/4 tsp. whole peppercorns
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water

Washing okra for pickled okra

Wash the okra in cold water. Trim the cut ends only if necessary.

Spices for Pickled Okra

Get your spices ready. You’re going to need canning salt, dill seed, whole peppercorns and garlic cloves. Peel the garlic, but leave it whole. Umm…can you just pretend that there is some salt in that photo? It was sitting off to the side…oops.

Preparing pickled okra

Into the sterile jars, pack as many pods of okra as possible with the tips pointing up.

Preparing jars for pickled okra

To each jar add 1 teaspoon of canning salt, 1 whole garlic clove, 1 teaspoon of dill seed and 1/4 teaspoon of whole peppercorns.

Packing jars of pickled okra

Finish packing the jars as fully as possible with additional okra, tips down, fitting the pods in tightly but taking care not to crush the okra.

Bring the vinegar and water to a boil. Fill jars with the vinegar and water mixture to within 1/4 inch of the rim.

Pickled okra ready for canner

Place the lids and rings on the jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Pickled Okra

Remove the jars from the canner and allow them to cool completely. Notice the difference in color after they come out of the canner. The okra has taken on a beautiful olive green color.

Let the pickles sit for about a month to achieve the best flavor.


Pickled Okra
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Tender young pods of okra preserved in a brine with garlic, dill and peppercorns
Serves: 3 pints (or 6 half-pints)
  • 1½ to 2 pounds small, tender okra pods
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tsp. canning salt
  • 3 tsp. dill seed
  • ¾ tsp. whole peppercorns
  • 1½ cups white vinegar
  • 1½ cups water
  1. Prepare jars, rings and lids according to standard canning procedure.
  2. Into the sterile jars, pack as many pods of okra as possible with the tips pointing up.
  3. To each jar add 1 whole garlic clove, 1 teaspoon of canning salt, 1 teaspoon of dill seed and ¼ teaspoon of whole peppercorns.
  4. Finish packing the jars as much as possible with additional okra, tips down, fitting the pods in tightly but take care not to crush the okra.
  5. Bring the vinegar and water to a boil. Fill jars to within ¼ inch of the rim.
  6. Place lids and rings on jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove jars from the canner and allow them to cool completely.
  8. Let the pickles sit for about a month to achieve the best flavor.
All text and photographs on Never Enough Thyme are copyright protected. Please do not use any material from this site without obtaining prior permission. If you'd like to post this recipe on your site, please create your own original photographs and either re-write the recipe in your own words or link to this post.

Other recipes for Pickled Okra from around the internet:

Never miss a recipe!
Subscribe now to receive new posts by email.

Enter your email address below to get each new post via email. We promise we'll never send spam or give your email address to anyone else. Really.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tien September 10, 2010 at 11:27 am

Oh, yum. I love pickled okra. I always get a store bought jar to keep in the refrigerator. Your family are so lucky. Tien :)


2 Lana September 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Thank you, Tien. Maybe you’ll try making some homemade pickled okra now?


3 Sherry August 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I love pickled okra. When I lived in the south I had it in my fridge at all times. When I moved back to New England no one heard or had had it. I couldn’t find it till one day I was at a store that every once in awhile had an off item. Lo and behold there was a few jars. I was doin the happy dance. Since then been without looking to purchase online. I housebound so getting ingredients and making is near imposible for me. When/if I can I will make.
Thanks for shareing recipe, I hope to be able to make it and share and enjoy.


4 Sues September 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I’ve never ever cooked with okra or done anything with it, really. I do love dill pickles, though, so maybe I’d love these even more!


5 Lana September 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

They are really very good. Great with a Bloody Mary!


6 Cookin' Canuck September 10, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I will admit that I have never tried pickled okra, but from your description (and the fact that they are pickled – can’t resist), I’m sure I would love these.


7 Drick September 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

pickled okra is such a great treat and can be used in so many things – I did not know folks were so into these – it has been one of the top recipe searches on my site all summer… hope you get a lot of traffic from this one too


8 Jason's BBQ Adventures September 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

Lana, great pickle recipe. I am a big fan of okras whether they are grilled, pickled, fried, or any other method of cooking them.


9 Barbara @Modern Comfort Food September 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Oh, yum! I’d love to get a jar of these babies and would be happy to trade my favorite, flash-sauteed (non-slimy) Indian-spiced okra recipe. Deal? Bookmarked for later in the fall when my garden okra starts producing.


10 Lana September 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm



11 megan September 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Can you believe I have never had okra? That’s right, I haven’t! but these look pretty tasty I must admit!


12 Angie September 12, 2010 at 10:39 am

I’ve had these before and loved them, but have never made any myself, looks so easy!


13 Lana September 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm

It is easy, Angie. I hope you’ll give it a try!


14 kristin @ delishliving September 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I just stopped by for the first time and had to say, your blog is beautiful! As for the orka, well it’s a bit outside of my comfort zone, but I’ll definitely be checking in again soon for other treats that might catch my eye :)


15 Lana September 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Please do stop by again, Kristin! There are 174 other posts besides the okra, so I’m sure there would be something in there you might like :-)


16 sensiblecooking September 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I had been in search of pickling recipe since I saw the last night tv show Unwrapped. Your looks the best and easiest. Thanks Lana. By the way do you have any recipes for canning fruits like peaches. Thank you in advance.


17 Lana September 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I do have recipes for canning fruits, but they’re not on the blog. Maybe next summer I’ll do a series of posts on those!


18 sensiblecooking September 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Oh and also Pickled okra that is new for me I gotta try it.


19 Jamie August 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I always grow okra in my garden, and I usually just fry it or cook it with tomatoes. I love pickled okra, but have never made any. This recipe is so easy and delicious! Thank you!


20 Bonnie September 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Just wondered if it’s okay to use fresh dill instead of dill seed?


21 Lana September 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Sure! The normal substitution is three heads of fresh dill for each tablespoon of dill seed.


22 gloria g. July 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Yes, I love, love, love pickled okra. But then I like it raw, boiled, steamed, fried, pickled or just about any other way……. I was looking for a good old fashioned teacake like my grandmother made, and so hope I’ve found it. I can still smell them cooking. Just like you said, it takes you to another place. My mother and her family are from Waycross, GA so I hope the recipe will be similar……I’ll let you know. Thanks for both recipes and I have book marked your blog. I’ll be back as they say! Thanks for sharing…….I deal with food allergies, so always cook my own goodies!!!!

gloria g. – now in Hemingway, SC southern to the bone!


23 Sam Adair July 30, 2012 at 1:37 am

I also love pickled okra but as a transplanted Southerner now living in the Canadian Rockies, this is not an item I can easily find on the grocery shelf! My father and grandfather are from Morgan County, Georgia and I remember as a child my grandmother making pickled okra. Finally saw some baby okra at my nearby Asian store while shopping for catfish today and my taste buds started thinking of the treat from my childhood. Baby okra is now chilling in my fridge awaiting transformation tomorrow morning. My catfish was grilled on the BBQ tonight, but served in true Southern fashion with cheese grits and Southern Ice Tea to a few neighbours and my family. Neighbours thought Southern cooking was quirky but they all wanted the recipes for everything! My children, though first generation Canadians, have grown up with a mixture of Southern and Canadian cooking and I am proud to say they are better Southern cooks than I am! Thank you for this easy to do recipe.
Your Georgia BLT is next on my list


24 Lana July 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

You’re welcome, Sam! I hope you enjoy your okra pickles and the Georgia BLT as well!


25 Tabitha August 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Just made 6 pints…I cant wait!!!!


26 KC September 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

My family loves pickled okra. I cannot make enough. I have pickled at least 80 pints so far. I children, 8 to 15, eat a pint jart each night and they fight over who gets the garlic clove. I really think that is why they are never sick.


27 Capt. T November 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

I love pickled okra, always have. Just never new how to do it. Thanks to you, I don’t have to pay those high high prices in the stores any more. I can just head to the basement and pull out a jar. I’m considering making some to give away as Christmas gifts. Do you think the packaged okra that you find in the grocery stores would work well?



28 Lana Stuart November 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

Yes, you could use fresh okra from the grocery store. Just make sure it’s young and tender, not woody.


Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post:

Real Time Web Analytics