Okra and Char Siu Chicken Stir Fry

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Okra and char siu chicken stir fry

Okra and char siu chicken stir fry

Okra is a very healthy vegetable, especially good for the bowels. My favourite way of cooking it is to fry it with eggs as in Okra Fried With Egg, or with anchovies as in Okra (Ladies’ Fingers) And Anchovies Stir Fry. That was how my mom used to cook it for us when we were young. Another of my favourite is to fry it with char siu chicken. The lovely flavour of the char siu chicken makes this dish very flavourful. The other of my favourite way to cook okra is to cook curry fish with it. It’s very delicious.

Char siu chicken is very easy to make at home and it is very delicious to go with rice, noodles or fried with vegetables. I used the ready bottled sauce which never fails. Check it out at Super Fast Chinese Roasted Chicken.



This recipe is again very simple and easy. Just remember not to add water otherwise it will be slimy.

350g okra (sliced)
3 pieces char siu chicken (sliced)
2 red chilies (chopped)
fried garlic oil
sea salt

Char siu chicken

Char siu chicken

Slice the char siu chicken into strips.

All in the frying pan at last

All in the frying pan at last

Heat up some fried garlic oil in a frying pan or a wok. Add the okra and keep frying. It may become slimy even without adding water. Just keep frying as it will soon dry up. Add the char siu chicken pieces, chopped chilies and sea salt to taste. Taste for doneness of the okra. I know some like it a little crunchy and some like it very cooked like me. You can omit the chilies if you don’t like it spicy. Dish it up and serve hot. It’s very delicious with rice.

Do you like your okra undercooked, just cooked or overcooked? Do you use okra to make salad? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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yummy koh  on April 19th, 2010

Wow nice dish. Didnt know okra is ladies finger - learn something new.

Cherine  on April 19th, 2010

I love okra beans and this dish looks so good!

Happy Cook  on April 19th, 2010

It is a pity we don’t get good okra.Never had them with chicken always in Indian veg dishes. Looks yumm.

the lacquer spoon  on April 19th, 2010

I can imagine how awesome this recipe is without tasting! The okura and char siu chicken on the photo tell everything!!

somewhere in singapore  on April 19th, 2010

Didn’t know that okra is good for the bowels, but i do not know how to eat okra…

Divina  on April 19th, 2010

Beautiful combination. I love okras but I’m looking for smaller ones. Of, I love the char siu chicken too. :)

Mary  on April 19th, 2010

@yummy koh - I know, we are so used to calling it ladies fingers’ back home :D

@Cherine - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Cherine! :D

@Happy Cook - I don’t always get very fresh okra here. If I see any fresh ones, usually I buy a few packets and then the next few days, I’ll be enjoying okra almost everyday…haha :D

@the lacquer spoon - Thanks very much! :D I wonder whether okra is apopluar dish in Japan.

@somewhere in singapore - I hope you will give a try. Okra comes with loads of health benefits. I like it very much and cook it very often :D

@Divina - Oh, there’s one that I really like but can’t find it here. It’s lighter green and doesn’t come with so many seeds and taste more tender and sweeter. Well, just have to be very thankful that I can eve find it here :D

Sushma Mallya  on April 19th, 2010

wow looks very beautiful…love stir fries…

kristy  on April 19th, 2010

Never say NO to char siew chicken.. it’s my favourite! haha…. So, I can eat a large bowl of rice just with this! Oh yes, my waist is growing! haha…

anncoo  on April 19th, 2010

Never thought of cooking okra with char siu. Sounds great! I usually add okra in the curry fish head or just blanch the okra in boiling want and eat with sambal chilli.

SathyaSridhar  on April 19th, 2010

Mary,,,again ur special quality of hands in chicken recipe dear.. sliced chicken looks perfect n juicy dear chicken with okra great..

Priya  on April 19th, 2010

WOw fabulous dish, very new combination, i have prepared chickens and okras separately, this combo looks truly awesome..

Mary  on April 19th, 2010

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@kristy - Haha….you have to tie your waist before eating so that it gets no chance of growing! :D You are not alone….mine is also growing I think…LOL

@anncoo - I just had okra added to fish laksa the other day….very delicious! Will post soon. I know my mum loves to boil the okra and eat with sauce. It’s very slimy. I’m sure eating with sambal will change my mind…haha :D

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much, Sathya! :D I’m still trying to learn more. Hope I don’t put on weight :P

@Priya - Give a try. Hope you like it. Have fun cooking! :D

Catherine  on April 19th, 2010

This looks beautiful, I’ve never tried okra, I’ll have a look out for it! :)

Angie's Recipes  on April 19th, 2010

A perfect stir-fry to go with rice….love char siew too!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance  on April 19th, 2010

I’ve never used okra except in a gumbo recipe as a thickener. Will have to keep at eye out for it at the store!

Belinda @zomppa  on April 19th, 2010

Never made char siu on my own…but why not? This looks awesome!

Tasty Trix  on April 19th, 2010

I’m totally going to make this with seitan - I love okra!!

noobcook  on April 19th, 2010

I love orka in stir fries. your dish looks really colourful with the orka and red peppers :)

penny aka jeroxie  on April 19th, 2010

I like okras in curries. Reminds me of home.

divya  on April 19th, 2010

WOw fabulous dish, very new combination,it looks very yummy..

teresa  on April 19th, 2010

oh yum! the flavors in this look just bursting!

5 Star Foodie  on April 19th, 2010

A colorful and delicious stir fry! Sounds terrific with okra!

lequan@luvtoeat  on April 19th, 2010

Another wonderful dish as usual Mary. We usually eat okra very plain, just boiled in some water, drained and dip in a mixture of pure fish sauce, lime juice, and chili sauce with some white rice. Or my mom will use it in Vietnamese hot and sour soup. Oh and I like my okra medium cooked. Not too soft, not too hard. Hope you have a lovely start to your week.

Cheah  on April 19th, 2010

Healthy dish, Mary. I love okra stir-fry or in curries.

nisha  on April 19th, 2010

Thanks Mary for dropping by. You have a lovely space.

Okra is my all time favorite and you have very unique style of cooking it with fish and poultry . I have never tired that.

Arnold  on April 19th, 2010

I have never come across okra here in my neck of the woods. Maybe I should try a bit harder as this definitely looks very tasty.

xiaoyen  on April 19th, 2010

I’ve never imagine charsiu chicken can go nicely with okras. If cooked and flavored right, okras can definitely be good to eat. This recipe idea is a terrific idea. Thanks.

sweetlife  on April 19th, 2010

how yummy..i love okra..great pic


Namitha  on April 19th, 2010

Never thought of this combo before..Must be delicious with some rice..Thanks Mary

Mary  on April 19th, 2010

@Catherine - Give a try. Maybe try a few times. I like it very much…for health and its delicacy. Hope you like it. Have fun cooking :D

@Angie’s Recipes - I bet every Chinese loves char siu :D

@Michelle @ Find Your Balance - Give a try. Hope you like it. I like it very much :D

@Belinda @zomppa - I really hope you give char siu chicken a try. It’s really delicious…so simple and easy to make too. Just use the bottled sauce. The best is the brand that I use. Have fun cooking! :D

@Tasty Trix - Great to know you love okra too. Have fun cooking! :D

@noobcook - Thanks very much! :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Every dish that I cook reminds me of home :D but makes me homesick too :(

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Thanks very much, Lynn! :D Your sauce sounds very delicious. I must try that next time.

@Cheah - Yeah…we share the same favourite! :D

@nisha - Thanks very much for visiting ad lovely comment, Nisha! :D

@Arnold - I hope you can find it, especially in Asian shops. I’m so glad that I can find it here :D

@xiaoyen - Thanks very much, XiaoYen! :D You can try with char siu pork too.

@sweetlife - Thanks very much, SweetLife! :D

@Namitha - It is very delicious with rice. Maybe you can give it a try some time. Have fun cooking :D

Juliana  on April 19th, 2010

Mary, what a great dish…love the combination of it! Looks very very tasty :-)

Drick  on April 19th, 2010

great dish Mary - love okra just about anyway it is cooked, don’t mind the slime one bit … this looks like a very tasty dish

Mary  on April 19th, 2010

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! :D

@Drick - Thanks very much, Drick! :D You are just amazing in the way you eat okra :D

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Patty  on April 19th, 2010

I LOVE okra, but have a terrible habit of destroying any dish with okra in it! It becomes very sticky (almost) and tastes like mush! what could I be doing wrong?? And also, is it okra season? I haven’t found any fresh okra at my local grocery store! Thank you!

rebecca  on April 19th, 2010

looks great adore okra just made gumbo with it today

Light Delight with TouTou  on April 19th, 2010

it’s soooo difficult to cook okra :D but they looks really delicious:-D I like stir fried dish!

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Faith  on April 19th, 2010

Okra is a favorite veggie in my house and our favorite way to eat it is in a tomato & beef stew. I’ve got to try this though, it’s a gorgeous okra recipe!

tasteofbeirut  on April 19th, 2010

All these okra dishes that you mention Mary are new to me and very interesting; here I am specially interested in the chicken!

TasteHongKong  on April 19th, 2010

I always love your way of making healthy foods inviting.

Mary  on April 20th, 2010

@Patty - Thanks very much for sharing, Patty! I think you have probably added some water when you cook it. Try using a wide based frying pan to cook it. Also use a higher heat so that the slime dries up as you keep frying it. I’m not sure whether it’s okra season here but I think the okra here that we get are all imported. Give another try, Patty. Have fun cooking! :D

@rebecca - I have to find how what is gumbo and give it a try. Thanks very much for sharing, Rebbecca! :D

@Light Delight with TouTou - Learn a little trick and you will find that cooking okra is very easy. I only know that I should not add water, use higher heat and keep stirring and it always comes out very delicious. That’s how my mom did it. Good thing that I saw and learned…haha :D

@Faith - Thanks very much for sharing, Faith! :D Your beef stew with okra sounds very delicious. I would love to try that.

@tasteofbeirut - May be you can give a try one day….for health and also for its delicacies. I like it very much. Hope you will like it too :D

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much! I have to try all ways to make my family eat healthy food…haha :D

Devaki  on April 20th, 2010

Dear Mary - Once again you have me drooling - I love okra and I love char sui. I could eat that in a heart beat.

You make the most delicious meals.

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

3hungrytummies  on April 20th, 2010

I must make some chicken char siew when my muslim friend come over for wonton noodle :)
What a wonderful dish this is!

tigerfish  on April 20th, 2010

The char siu chicken looks lke char siu :) …okra is a nutritious vegetable, I usually cook them at home like a stew.

Roti n Rice  on April 20th, 2010

Oh yes…okra is delicious and the family likes it. I like adding it to fish curry. Your okra char siew stir fry looks delicious. You are so creative with your dishes!

Jeannie  on April 20th, 2010

I love eating okra in curries and blanched with sambal too. Never tried it cooked this way before. Looks good!

Reeni  on April 20th, 2010

I never had okra! It looks wonderful in this chicken stir-fry. I would love to try it this way.

fimère  on April 20th, 2010

ce sauté de poulet parait divin, c’est parfait avec du riz, j’aime beaucoup
bonne journée

food-4tots  on April 20th, 2010

Thanks for dropping by at my blog. My son and I love okra. Usually I just steamed my okra and tossed it with shallot oil. Love you stir-fry version! So aromatic! Yum! Yum!

Mary  on April 20th, 2010

@Devaki - Haha…love your description :D Thanks very much, Devaki!

@3hungrytummies - You are very right. I cooked char siu chicken for my Muslim friends too. They liked it very much :D

@tigerfish - I have not made okra in a stew. I would love to try. Sounds very delicious…mmm :D

@Roti n Rice - Thanks very much, Biren! :D

@Jeannie - I would love to try it with sambal. It has to be very delicious…..cos of the sambal. That will make me smile :D

@Reeni - Thanks very much, Reeni! Have fun cooking :D

@fimère - Thanks very much! Hope you have a great day, too! :D

@food-4tots - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

Stella  on April 20th, 2010

Hi Mary, this Char Siu Chicken looks wonderful, but the fish with okra recipe you mentioned sounds really good too. Where I’m from, okra grows beautifully, so I grew up with it and love it…
Oh, and I love that quote by William Wrigley Jr.-so true it is!

Thas  on April 20th, 2010

Few weeks ago I combined okra and chicken together for the first time, you were my inspiration as i’ve read few recipes of yours with okra and chicken. I absolutely loved it. This recipe is really easy too, will try sometime soon.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on April 20th, 2010

Very nice dish, Mary.
I think char siu is a versatile ingredient. Love its flavour very much.

krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com  on April 20th, 2010

my mom likes to microwave her okra to get it soft and slimy to eat with dinner. she just dips it in a little bit of soy sauce. that’s how i grew up eating okra. nowadays, i actually grow okra in the garden. we actually had a ton last year - and the funny thing was, we didn’t harvest them in time so it grew to be the size of a cucumber. by the time we tried to grill it, it was so tough it was like eating leather. sigh…

kathyvegas  on April 21st, 2010

I love okra and I love char siu but never thought to combine the two. This is a clever combination and one I am trying the very next time I see some nice okra at the store (and now I can’t wait!).

Mary  on April 21st, 2010

@Stella - Thanks very much for sharing and also liking the quote, Stella! :D I wish I can plant okra here. I will eat everyday :D

@Thas - Thanks very much for your compliments, Thas, and for trying out okra with chicken. I’m sure it’s very delicious. I feel like cooking it again. It’s easy to cook and also delicious :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Christine! :D I can never get tired of char siu. It is very versatile indeed.

@krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com - That’s such a simple way to eat okra! Now I feel like moving to be your neighbour to enjoy some over abundance of your okra :P Haha…I’m so amused when you said it’s like eating leather :D

@kathyvegas - Hope you get the okra soon. Have fun cooking! :D

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on April 21st, 2010

That char siu chicken looks incredible, and it’s great to see another good okra dish. I’m loving it lately!

Light Delight with TouTou  on April 22nd, 2010

is the char siu chicken have another version - char siu pork??? I love char siu XXX , already drooling ~~~

faithy  on April 22nd, 2010

I love ladies fingers too..i didn’t know the other name was okra! :) Yummy dish!

Mary  on April 23rd, 2010

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Thanks very much, Conor! Great to know you love okra late :D Have fun cooking more okra dishes!

@Light Delight with TouTou - Yes, we always hear and see char siu pork outside but I love char siu chicken more I think :D Give a try. It’s very delicious..mmm

@faithy - Me, too! I only learned it’s name not too long ago…hehe :D

Emily  on April 23rd, 2010

Hello Mary,

I love okras and never thought they would make a good stir fry. I usually cook them in curries or saute with sambal. Thanks for inpiring me to try out this recipe! :D


Brie  on April 24th, 2010

i love okra! great recipe! i love the colors, too. very healthy.

Mary  on April 25th, 2010

@Emily - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Emily! I love okra in curry and sambal, too. Have fun cooking :D

@Brie - Thanks svery much, Brie! :D

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