Spicy Sichuan Okra Salad

This spicy Sichuan Okra Salad was inspired by a restaurant dish we tried at Sichuan Mountain House in Manhattan. You don’t necessarily think of okra when you think of Chinese cuisine, but this dish puts okra’s delicate flavor and unique texture on full display!  Recipe Inspiration This past summer, Kaitlin and Sarah were in Manhattan’s Chinatown shopping for props (dishes, teacups, serving items) for our cookbook photo shoots.  After paying a visit to every restaurant supply store on the Bowery, they stopped at Sichuan Mountain House for lunch. The restaurant is an old favorite of Sarah’s and Justin’s, and it was their first time there in 2 years.  The restaurant did not disappoint. They came back excited about a new dish they’d tried—an okra salad (or cold dish – 凉菜/liángcài) with a spicy sauce. We decided we had to come up with our own version!  The sauce or dressing we came up with is similar to our Droolworthy Sichuan Chicken (口水鸡 – kǒushuǐ jī) sauce. It has a sesame paste base, sesame seeds, chili flakes, light soy sauce, and sugar, as well as an oil infused with scallions, garlic, star anise, cinnamon, and Sichuan peppercorn.  It’s spicy, savory, and very delicious. It also happens to be vegan and vegetarian, so you could also look at it as a tasty alternative to Kou Shui Ji!  Cooking With Okra We love cooking with okra. We’ve grown it in our garden, and they produce the most beautiful and delicate flowers before bearing their fruits.  Okra is often fried (or in my case, stir-fried) or stewed. In this recipe, it is simply blanched. Boiling the okra for two minutes cooks it through while locking in its vibrant green color.  Okra’s signature gooeyness also factors into this recipe, as the okra thickens the sauce and makes it cling to the vegetables.  While Sarah didn’t used to be a fan of okra, I think this recipe has fully converted her!  On to the recipe!  Recipe Instructions Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the okra, and boil for 2 minutes. While the okra is boiling, prepare an ice bath.  Use a strainer or slotted spoon to transfer the boiled okra to the ice bath. The okra should have a bright jewel green color! Leave the okra in the ice bath while you prepare the sauce.  In a small saucepan, combine the oil, scallions, garlic, star anise, cinnamon stick, and Sichuan peppercorns. Place over medium low heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the scallions are thoroughly wilted and the garlic is a light golden color.  Meanwhile, add the sesame seeds, chili flakes and salt to a small heatproof bowl.  When the oil has finished infusing, pour the oil through a strainer into the bowl of sesame seeds and chili flakes, and stir well.  Stir in the sesame paste, light soy sauce, sugar, and hot water until thoroughly combined.  Arrange the okra in a serving bowl. Pour the sauce over the top, and serve!  Looking for more authentic recipes? Subscribe to our email list and be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube! Spicy Sichuan Okra Salad This spicy Sichuan Okra Salad recipe is a Chinese-style cold dish that's easy to make and very delicious. Try this new way to prepare okra! by: JudyCourse:AppetizerCuisine:Chinese serves: 4 Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 25 minutes Total: 40 minutes IngredientsUS Customary – Metric InstructionsBring a pot of water to a boil. Add the okra, and boil for 2 minutes. While the okra is boiling, prepare an ice bath. Use a strainer or slotted spoon to transfer the boiled okra to the ice bath. The okra should have a bright jewel green color! Leave the okra in the ice bath while you prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the oil, scallions, garlic, star anise, cinnamon stick, and Sichuan peppercorns. Place over medium low heat, and cook for about 10 minutes, until the scallions are thoroughly wilted and the garlic is a light golden color. Meanwhile, add the sesame seeds, chili flakes and salt to a small heatproof bowl. When the oil has finished infusing, pour the oil through a strainer into the bowl of sesame seeds and chili flakes, and stir well. Then stir in the sesame paste, light soy sauce, sugar, and hot water until thoroughly combined.Arrange the okra in a serving bowl, and pour the sauce over the top. Serve! nutrition factsCalories: 271kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 25g (38%) Saturated Fat: 18g (90%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Sodium: 710mg (30%) Potassium: 372mg (11%) Fiber: 5g (20%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 1210IU (24%) Vitamin C: 19mg (23%) Calcium: 126mg (13%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

Spicy Sichuan Okra Salad

This spicy Sichuan Okra Salad was inspired by a restaurant dish we tried at Sichuan Mountain House in Manhattan. You don’t necessarily think of okra when you think of Chinese cuisine, but this dish puts okra’s delicate flavor and unique texture on full display! 

Recipe Inspiration

This past summer, Kaitlin and Sarah were in Manhattan’s Chinatown shopping for props (dishes, teacups, serving items) for our cookbook photo shoots. 

After paying a visit to every restaurant supply store on the Bowery, they stopped at Sichuan Mountain House for lunch. The restaurant is an old favorite of Sarah’s and Justin’s, and it was their first time there in 2 years. 

The restaurant did not disappoint. They came back excited about a new dish they’d tried—an okra salad (or cold dish – 凉菜/liángcài) with a spicy sauce. We decided we had to come up with our own version! 

Sichuan Spicy Okra Salad

The sauce or dressing we came up with is similar to our Droolworthy Sichuan Chicken (口水鸡 – kǒushuǐ jī) sauce. It has a sesame paste base, sesame seeds, chili flakes, light soy sauce, and sugar, as well as an oil infused with scallions, garlic, star anise, cinnamon, and Sichuan peppercorn. 

It’s spicy, savory, and very delicious. It also happens to be vegan and vegetarian, so you could also look at it as a tasty alternative to Kou Shui Ji! 

Cooking With Okra

We love cooking with okra. We’ve grown it in our garden, and they produce the most beautiful and delicate flowers before bearing their fruits. 

Okra is often fried (or in my case, stir-fried) or stewed. In this recipe, it is simply blanched. Boiling the okra for two minutes cooks it through while locking in its vibrant green color. 

Okra’s signature gooeyness also factors into this recipe, as the okra thickens the sauce and makes it cling to the vegetables. 

While Sarah didn’t used to be a fan of okra, I think this recipe has fully converted her! 

On to the recipe! 

Recipe Instructions

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the okra, and boil for 2 minutes. While the okra is boiling, prepare an ice bath. 

Boiling okra in water

Use a strainer or slotted spoon to transfer the boiled okra to the ice bath. The okra should have a bright jewel green color! Leave the okra in the ice bath while you prepare the sauce. 

In a small saucepan, combine the oil, scallions, garlic, star anise, cinnamon stick, and Sichuan peppercorns. Place over medium low heat.

Scallions, garlic, and spices in saucepan with oil
Infusing oil in saucepan

Cook for about 10 minutes, until the scallions are thoroughly wilted and the garlic is a light golden color. 

Infusing oil with scallions, garlic, and spices

Meanwhile, add the sesame seeds, chili flakes and salt to a small heatproof bowl. 

When the oil has finished infusing, pour the oil through a strainer into the bowl of sesame seeds and chili flakes, and stir well. 

Stir in the sesame paste, light soy sauce, sugar, and hot water until thoroughly combined. 

Arrange the okra in a serving bowl.

Okra in serving dish

Pour the sauce over the top, and serve! 

Sichuan Spicy Okra Salad

Spicy Sichuan Okra Salad

This spicy Sichuan Okra Salad recipe is a Chinese-style cold dish that's easy to make and very delicious. Try this new way to prepare okra!

Sichuan Spicy Okra Salad

serves: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the okra, and boil for 2 minutes. While the okra is boiling, prepare an ice bath.

  • Use a strainer or slotted spoon to transfer the boiled okra to the ice bath. The okra should have a bright jewel green color! Leave the okra in the ice bath while you prepare the sauce.

  • In a small saucepan, combine the oil, scallions, garlic, star anise, cinnamon stick, and Sichuan peppercorns. Place over medium low heat, and cook for about 10 minutes, until the scallions are thoroughly wilted and the garlic is a light golden color.

  • Meanwhile, add the sesame seeds, chili flakes and salt to a small heatproof bowl.

  • When the oil has finished infusing, pour the oil through a strainer into the bowl of sesame seeds and chili flakes, and stir well. Then stir in the sesame paste, light soy sauce, sugar, and hot water until thoroughly combined.

  • Arrange the okra in a serving bowl, and pour the sauce over the top. Serve!

nutrition facts

Calories: 271kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 25g (38%) Saturated Fat: 18g (90%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Sodium: 710mg (30%) Potassium: 372mg (11%) Fiber: 5g (20%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 1210IU (24%) Vitamin C: 19mg (23%) Calcium: 126mg (13%) Iron: 2mg (11%)