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Grilled Okra Recipe With Cayenne & Lemon (Whole30, Paleo, Vegan)

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  • Author: Jessica Kirk
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Get ready to fire up the grill and try out this delicious BBQ grilled okra recipe! Perfect for a summer cookout or backyard barbecue, this dish features fresh, tender okra pods that are lightly seasoned and charred to perfection. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic grilling skills, you can create a mouthwatering appetizer or side dish that’s sure to impress your guests.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 pound okra
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cracked pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • juice of 1/4 lemon


  1. Choose fresh, firm okra pods that are of similar size for even cooking. Rinse them thoroughly under running water and pat dry with a clean towel.

  2. Cut off the stem end of each okra pod, leaving the pointed tip intact. You can also trim off any blemishes or tough spots on the pods.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together some olive oil, salt, lemon juice, and pepper to taste. Brush this mixture over the okra pods, making sure to coat them evenly.

  4. Skewer the okra using two skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 15-30 minutes)

  5. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. You can also use a grill pan if you don’t have a barbecue.

  6. Place the okra pods on the grill or grill pan in a single layer. Grill them for about 5-7 minutes, turning them occasionally with tongs. The okra should be slightly charred and tender when done.

  7. Once cooked, transfer the grilled okra to a serving platter and sprinkle them with some fresh herbs, such as chopped parsley or cilantro. Serve hot as a tasty appetizer or side dish.


  • Skewer the okras with two skewers, it will make them much easier to manipulate, especially when turning them around for an even grilling.
  • If you can/want to skip the paleo and whole30 aspects, sprinkle with a pinch of parmesan for a nice addition to the taste
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 53
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 43 mg
  • Fat: 3.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg