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Bourbon-Pickled Okra Recipe

Pickle your okra with bourbon like Freddie Janssen does here in her book, Pickled. Eat them as they are, fry them, or use them as a garnish for cocktails.

by Freddie Janssen
Apr 14 2016, 3:05pm

Servings: 2 jars


7 ounces okra, rinsed and trimmed
8 1/2 ounces cider vinegar
8 1/2 ounces rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup sea salt
2 tablespoons raw sugar
4 ounces bourbon
12.6 grams yellow mustard seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon chili flakes
4 fresh dill sprigs
3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
pared zest half a lemon


1, In a medium saucepan, combine the vinegars, salt, sugar, and 1 cup water over medium-high heat. Stir, dissolving the salt and sugar, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the bourbon, mustard and coriander seeds, plus the peppercorns and simmer another 5 minutes.

2. Divide the okra, dill, garlic, and lemon zest between two 300 ml (10 fl oz) jars and pour the pickling liquid evenly between each. Secure each jar with a lid and cool completely before refrigerating. The pickles will be ready to eat within 2 days and will keep, refrigerated, for 2 weeks.

Author Note: This recipe is courtesy of Freddie Janssen's cookbook, Pickled: Over 60 inspiring recipes for Pickling, Kimchi, Vinegars & More.

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