An open jar of pickled okra with garlic, fresh dill, and whole Thai chilies.
Pickles, Vegetarian

Pickled Okra

Pickled Okra are quite possibly the most underrated pickles around!

Okra in general, is largely misunderstood. Many people are put off by their “slimy” texture, which leaks out in the cooking process. However, there are two sides to every coin; this is why okra is a great thickener in soups and stews. That gelatinous quality is what give gumbo it’s characteristic thickness!
When you keep the pods uncooked and whole, the okra doesn’t adopt the slimy quality. Okra also absorbs seasoning nicely which makes it a perfect contender for pickling!

These pickled okra will keep for a month in the fridge.  
Local okra at BiRite grocery store in San Francisco.
Some other adds in could be: celery seed, dill seed, mustard seed, and red chili flakes.

Pickled Okra

Sacha Hirschfeld
Pickled Okra are quite possibly the most underrated pickles around!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rest time in the fridge 7 days
Total Time 7 days 25 minutes
Course Pickles
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 26 kcal


  • 1 medium pot
  • 1 large mason or pickle jar


  • 1 lb okra washed and dried
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar 5% acidity
  • ¼ cup kosher salt MUST BE KOSHER SALT
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 3 Thai chilies
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • fresh dill several large sprigs


  • Bring water and salt to a boil. Cook, while stirring, until salt has dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar; set aside.
  • Pack okra in the jar(s) with the ends facing up. Take care not to break the the pod in any way. It's critical to keep the okra pods whole so it doesn't adopt the slimy texture.
  • Add garlic, fennel seed, black peppercorn, chili's, and dill. Once the pickling solution has cooled down a bit, pour overtop of the okra.
  • Allow to cool completely before putting the jar in the fridge.
  • Let the pickled okra sit in the fridge for a week before opening.


Other adds in could be: celery seed, dill seed, mustard seed, red chili flakes (to name a few).
This pickled okra will keep in the fridge for a month.
Keyword Farmers Market, Fridge Pickles, Homemade Pickles, Meze


  1. Thavy Archer

    5 stars
    What can I say about this Okra pickle other than OMG!! I love pickles and I love love Okra…but I never thought about pickling them at all. Once I tried this recipe I wasn’t sure what to expect. But let me tell you when I took my first bite……my eyes lit up. I couldn’t believe how good it was and how CRUNCHY it was. I just stood at my kitchen counter and kept eating them…next thing I knew It was gone. This is great with any dish and the best for Charcuterie. This recipe was very easy to make. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Enjoy.

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