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How to Freeze Okra 2 Ways

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Freezing okra is the best way to save it for a future recipe when it’s no longer in season or in stock. Learn how to freeze okra using these two simple methods.

If you’re wondering how to freeze okra, you’ve come to the right place. No matter what season you’re in or what stock is, you’ll have this unique vegetable at your disposal all year round if you learn how to freeze okra. Follow these two easy freezing methods. 

How to Freeze Raw Okra

To freeze raw okra, follow this simple method.
To freeze raw okra, follow this simple method.
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Freezing raw okra is the simplest method as it requires nearly no prep time. 

You’ll need:

  • Okra
  • Cutting board
  • knife
  • Cookie trays that fit in your freezer
  • freeze-safe containers


  1. Wash the okra before placing them whole on the cutting board.
  2. Chop the okra into small bite-size pieces and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
  3. Place the cookie sheet inside the freezer until the okra has become completely frozen, about 30 minutes. This is known as a flash freeze. 
  4. Once frozen, place them inside the freezer-safe containers and use them within one year. You do not need to thaw the okra once it has been frozen raw before adding it to recipes.

How to Freeze Cooked Okra

Follow these two methods to enjoy okra all year long.
Follow these two methods to enjoy okra all year long.
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Learning how to freeze okra after you’ve cooked it is helpful if you find you’ve cooked too much. 

You’ll need:

  • Okra
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • cookie sheets
  • freezer-safe containers


  1. Wash your okra before cooking, and place them on the cutting board.
  2. Cut the okra into bite-sized pieces and place them on a cookie sheet.
  3. Cook in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for only a few minutes (approximately 5).
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool/dry for about 5 minutes.
  5. Once cooled, place the okra into the freezer-safe container and use it within 3 months.

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