Spicy Okra with Dried Shrimp

Spicy Okra with Dried Shrimp

Spicy Okra with Dried Shrimp is a simple yet delicious dish. The traditional method is to cut the okra into pieces and then fry with minced dried shrimp. For me, this often ends up a slimy mess. I found that by not cutting the okra, there is no slime. Simmering whole okra in dried shrimp and sambal chilli produces tender okra that absorb the delicious spicy prawny sauce.


  • A bunch of okra
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • Lots of chopped garlic
  • 4 fresh chillies
  • 30 gm of small dried shrimp (soak in boiling water until softened, then drain)
  • 1 tsp of sambal chilli
  • 1/2 cup of water


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan.
  2. Add chopped garlic and fresh chillies.
  3. Fry until fragrant.
  4. Add a bunch of okra and fry for a few minutes.
  5. Add softened dried shrimp and fry for a few minutes.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of sambal chilli and 1/2 cup of water.
  7. Bring to the boil, then simmer until nearly dry and the okra is tender. Enjoy!

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