Nov 26, 2017

Stir-Fry Okra with Dried Shrimps (蝦米炒秋葵)

Okra is full of vitamin B, C, folic acid, and even calcium. Studies also indicate that okra contains anti-diabetic properties that can help in lowering blood glucose levels. Despite all the health benefits, some people still turn away from okra mostly due to its slimy mouthfeel.

Worry no more, instead of simple boiling, steaming, or using okra in soup, we are going to stir-frying it this time. The best part about stir-frying okra? It can significantly cut down the slime. Also when paired with aromatic dried shrimps, okra further transforms itself into a rice-killing dish.

Stir-fry okra with dried shrimps (蝦米炒秋葵) -


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons dried shrimps
  • 250 grams/about 20 to 25 okra
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 red chilies
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Rinse and soak the dried shrimps in cold water for about 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry with kitchen towel. Finely chop the shrimps. Trim off chili stems and finely chop the remaining section. Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. 

Trim off the tougher end of the okra then slice into little star-shape.

One way to prepare the okra is by rubbing it with salt to remove the thin hair. That might be necessary if serving the okra after boiling or steaming. However, we are making a stir-fry dish and the okra I'm using here are pretty tender. It's ok to skip the rubbing step.

Drizzle some oil to the pan and turn to medium high heat. Add in pat dried shrimps and cook till bubbling and aromatic. The color will turn slightly browned but careful not to burn the shrimps. Add in chopped chilies, garlic pieces, salt, and black pepper. Keep cooking till aromatic but not burning the garlic.

Add in okra and mix a little. Cook till okra reaches desired texture.

Even though okra is the main ingredient here, but this dish's success depends on dried shrimps. Make sure you sear the shrimps well. Lower the heat slightly in order to fully sear the dried shrimps if needed. 

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