08/28/2015 12:35 EDT | Updated 08/28/2015 12:59 EDT

28 Okra Recipes That Will Change Your Mind About These Peculiar Pods

A Veggie Venture

Ask anyone who says they hate okra why they hate it and they will all have the same answer: the slime factor.

Sure, if you buy frozen okra and steam it in the microwave, it's definitely sticky. But if you buy okra fresh, there are dozens of ways to prepare it that won't make you feel so, well, icky.

In the slideshow below, we've rounded up 28 delicious okra recipes. From curries to stews, patties to parmigiana, grilled to fried, it's easy to find a recipe that eliminates the dreaded sliminess.

When buying fresh okra, look for firm, brightly coloured pods that are the length of your index finger. The longer the pod, the more bitter and tough it tends to be. Of course, if you aren't concerned with the texture, canned and frozen okra can be found all year round in most grocery stores.

Have you ever cooked with okra? Share your favourite okra prep method in the comments below.

28 Okra Recipes