Iron Hen Sauteed Summer Okra

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Do you guys ever go to the Iron Hen in Fisher Park? It’s one of my favorite lunch spots in town (they have good brunch too!) and I’m a huge fan of their seasonal side items. In the winter, their brussels sprout hash will change your world and my summertime staple is their sauteed okra. Nothing beats a locally owned cafe in walking distance with great locally sourced food…

A couple of weeks ago, the Iron Hen published their recipe for sauteed okra and I was surprised to find out the secret ingredient – panko breadcrumbs! This is so smart! The okra tastes fried but is simply sauteed in olive oil and panko! I made the recipe for friends last week and they devoured every last crumb. I’m so glad they shared the recipe while okra is in season. Here it is – make sure to try the recipe and swing by the Iron Hen for a delicious meal too!

Iron Hen Sauteed Summer Okra 

  • 1 pound fresh okra
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Trim the stems off the ends of the okra, slice okra length wise. Pour oil into a large skillet over medium-high heat and allow it to heat until almost smoking. Add the okra and Panko bread crumbs. Sauté until okra has softened slightly, but is still crisp and brightly colored, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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